The Abdication of Tsar Nicholas II was a Turning Point for Russian Politics

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To what extent was the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II the key turning point in Russia’s political development 1856-1964? From 1856 onwards the aim of turning Russia from a once agrarian, illiterate and backwards country and into a political superpower was set. A multitude of developments began with Nicholas II being a catalyst of change for the Russian people. Writers of Marxist Russia such as Joan Hasler1 however believe that the Tsars abdication merely prevented revolution happening for a few years. The significance of his abdication caused demands for a new and improved governmental structure to be in place in order to get Russia back on its feet after the devastating defeat in world war one. New political developments took place after the abdication of the Tsar including a new improved Duma who quickly realised they had little trust and loyalty to the tsar and decided to take it upon themselves to improves Russia on their own. Nearing the end of the Romanov dynasty there were 3 new political groups aiming to rule Russia, the duma, the Bolsheviks and the soviets which alone gives us significant evidence that the Tsars reign and abdication created a significant turning point in the political development 1856-1964. Nicholas’ abdication on March 2nd 1917 sparked the point of political change for Russia. The majority of these changes began as a result of opposition towards his inability to reign as an effective ruler. After his abdication his brother refused the throne

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