Tsar Nicholas 's The Great War

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Introduction Tsar Nicholas II’s reign was turbulent, seeing wars, revolutions, and a general sense of displeasure from the people and the government. Intellectuals were no longer content with living under an autocracy and believed that the Russian government was archaic and inefficient. Peasants spoke out against their poor living and working conditions. By 1917, Nicholas’ reign was over and the Romanov family was no longer in power. One of the leading causes of the Romanov downfall was Nicholas himself. Although the situation in which he inherited the throne were not ideal, his character and method of dealing with state affairs did not help. His personality affected his leadership style, making his leadership style an unpopular one. Even his most trusted advisors and friends came second to Nicholas’ desire to uphold autocracy in Russia. The influence of Pyotr Stolypin and Sergei Witte, two of Nicholas’ senior officials, faded as Nicholas thought they hindered his supreme autocracy.
Nicholas’ character was also evident in the Great War. His many stubborn decisions, despite being constantly advised against them, caused Russia much grief during and after the war. Nicholas’ wife Alexandra influenced many of these decisions and other decisions on state affairs. Nicholas’ personality allowed Alexandra to have a large impact on his reign. This further gave Grigori Rasputin a large political presence in Russia as well. Nicholas ’s personality was one of the factors that…
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