The Russian Revolution and The End of Tsarist Russia

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The Russian Revolution and The End of Tsarist Russia Tsar Nicholas II --great guy, lousy tsar; really believed in autocracy (the belief that he, as the tsar, derived his authority from God) and he had the right to preserve this power). Was indecisive and hated confrontation--hated to say no to anyone. Was very stubborn-- hated to say no to anyone, but was convinced that his ministers were trying to take power away from him. Empress Alexandra --Nicholas was really devoted to her; she had the really strong character, and influenced his decisions. Looked for faith healers because of their sick son--enter Grigory Rasputin . Rasputin was a peasant from Siberia. His name is not his real name, was given to him because he had a reputation of being sexually debaucheries. Alexis , the son, had hemophilia . Rasputin helps Alexis. He is the only son, and he is sick (controlled supposedly by the great powers of Rasputin). The Russian people didn't really like him, and people thought that Rasputin was controlling the royals. There were several attempts on his life. 1916--members of the Tsar's own family finally killed him. Russia in WWI Russia was allied with France and Britain. When the war breaks out, the citizens had a brief lapse in judgment, and their confidence in Nicholas was revived. In 1915, Nicholas decided that he was going to take personal control of the army (he had no previous military experience, and ended up demoralizing the troops), the government of Russia was left in the hands of Alexandra (who was being manipulated by Rasputin). Anyone who was actually competent in the government, Rasputin had them fired, and lackeys were put in their place. An incompetent government is now completely ineffective. The war makes things worse. Russia tried to be a good ally, launching offenses and keeping the Eastern front up. They always lost against the Germans, and morale plummeted. The Russian troops didn't want to fight anymore, so they deserted (with their guns). People are suffering food, fuel and home shortages. Living standards declined in the cities and the government was ill equipped to handle the problems.
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