Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov: The Last Tsar of Russia

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:Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov, the last standing Tsar of Russia officially known as Tsar Nicholas II, autocrat of Russia. Nicholas II was born on 18th May, 1868 in Tsarskoe Selo, Russia. Nicholas II was the eldest son of Alexander III and his Empress Marie Romanova. Nicholas was eldest of six children. He had three younger brothers, Alexander, George, Michael and two younger sisters, Xenia and Olga. Nicholas II ruled from 1894 until his abdication on 15 March 1917, his reign saw imperial Russia go from being one of the foremost great powers of the world to an economic and military catastrophe. Tsar Nicholas II influenced and sought change in the historical events of Russo - Jap War, Bloody Sunday, October Manifesto, The First Russian…show more content…
The Russo-Jap War was heavily influenced by the lack of knowledge that Nicholas II obtained, he was easily influenced by others in his ministry. This huge defeat of Russia lead to a weak government, causing people to question the power of Tsarist government. The evidence of Russia’s military weakness increased the people’s discontent and demands for reform, change did not come about until 1905. With the defeat against Japan during 1904 - 1905, poor harvest, higher rates of poverty amongst the peasants and strikes within the oil industry, the people of Russia grew discontent with the Tsar, which led to a strike in St Petersburg on January 16th, 1905. The historical blood shed, otherwise known as ‘Bloody Sunday’, which was an incident that occurred on January 22nd 1905, St. Petersburg. An event where unarmed, peaceful demonstrators marched to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II, hoping he would respond but in stead were gunned down by imperial guards outside the Narva Gate. As the primary source, ‘The Aftermath’, 4th February 1905 represented the many Russian civilians shot down at Narva Gate, although the deaths and casualties are not accurate. This significant event was a turning point for Nicholas II and his time as a monarchy. To the people of Russia he was before known as ‘Little Father’ and soon became, after the mass blood shed, ‘Nicholas the Bloody’. At this point in time Nicholas retained his influential, autocratic

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