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Why was so little done to save Tsardom?

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Why was so little done to save Tsardom in February 1917? In February 1917 (Julian calendar), Tsar Nicholas II abdicated as a result of his poor governing skills and ceasing popularity. There was a great amount of dissatisfaction to the way that Russia was being run, the people were tired alike with the parties who were opposing Tsar. There are long and short-term reasons why so little was done to save Tsardom, resulting in the Provisional Government led by Prince George Lvov to guide Russia through World War I. Political opposition facing Nicholas at the time were the Liberals and Socialists who were in an alliance with one another. Their key aim was to bring political/ social change through achieving solid reforms rather than destroying the Tsarist system. This ideology is largely based on that of Karl Marx (Marxism which formed from Socialists). ...read more.

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As a result of this, the divide between social classes grew, and the only man to change it should have been Tsar Nicholas. His country. His people. Some months after the events of 'Bloody Sunday' on the 9th January 1905, a document was published by Tsar Nicholas which promised freedom of speech, assembly and press. Although this was an improvement in the way the empire was being run, many could not forget what Nicholas was assumed to be involved in on that deadly Sunday where thousands of protesters, led by an Orthodox priest, were horrificly massacred. One of the short term reasons why Tsarist Russia was not saved was because of the failings in War. Firstly, the Russo-Japanese was of 1904/05 was meant to be a way to bring success, unity in Russia and an expansion of the empire. There was also immensly sufficient resources to crush Japans hopes of succeeding. ...read more.

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Victory ceased and moral was at an all time low. In conclusion, it could be said that the short term reasons of Tsar Nicholas II downfalls are the main cataylsts to why there was such little done to save Tsardom by 1917. Perhaps if Russia was not involved in any wars there would have been no reason to dis-regard Nicholas as a strong leader. It is evident that after 23 years his popularity decreased, not to mention when he first became emperor and stated, 'I want everyone to know that I will devote all my strength to maintain, for the good of the whole nation, the principle of absolute autocracy, as firmly and as strongly as did my late lamented father'. This supports the argument that Tsar Nicholas was doomed to failure from the start as it shocked all who listened and largely affected the peoples wish for a more liberal Russia. Furthermore, saving Tsardom would highly effect the progress in industrisation as well as maintaining the rich/poor divide within the empire. Alessandra Anzante Mrs Wheatley ...read more.

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