The demoralisation of the proud Russian peoples created dissent, and discredited the Tsar. In August 1915, the Tsar left Petrograd to command the Russian army. In August 1915, the Tsar left Petrograd to command the Russian army. He therefore received the blame personally for all their defeats and lost control of his troops as he left Rasputin and the Tsarina to rule Russia. His army also consisted of millions of poor, starving peasants with bad equipment, poor supplies of rifles and ammunition.
This was probably due to their authoritarian ideology. It can be considered a fact that for the majority of the 1855-1964 period, the Russian citizens had little if any political freedom. Despite the legalization of political parties in 1905, this was a very short lived concession as Lenin revoked this in 1920. A similar approach was taken by Alexander III in reversing the reforms of Alexander II, including a reduction in power for the Zemstva. A recurring theme throughout the period is the regime’s desire to maintain autocracy, which Lenin’s disregard for democracy in any area and opposition shows.
Chris Purchase Within the context of the period 1815-1917, how far was the First World War the main cause of the fall of the Romanovs in February 1917? February 1917, the First World War is going badly for Russia; supplies not getting through to the soldiers; huge numbers of Russian soldiers dying, wounded by the German army on the eastern front; Nicholas II lacking in military experience resulting in costly defeats for his army. Back home in Petrograd, the country is in chaos. Rasputin has been murdered and the revolutionaries are gaining in strength. So the question is... how did the rule of the Romanovs fail after 300 years in power?
This refusal to agree with each other and frequent 'slating' of the decisions was not the appropriate conditions for a democracy, as many people would be unhappy for a majority of proposed arrangements. It is argued that an autocracy worked better in this situation as one person was able to finalise decisions, avoiding unecessary conflicts in the Reichstag. Therefore, almost by default, Germany appeared to work as a democratic system. The year 1908 marked the event of The Hottentot Election. The Centre Party joined the SPD in voting down government plans for a railway that would ruin the lives of the colonists that had settled down in the way.
In the battle of Tannenburg the loss was very drastic; 30000 men wounded or killed, 95000 captured and 500 guns. This portrays the heavy defeat that Russia and this dropped moral in the army and at home in Russia. This shows the losing of the battle created a growth in opposition against the Tsar due to the public of Russia blaming the Tsar as he commanded the troops to go to war. Peasants felt annoyed and angry and Nicholas. This strengthened the opposition against the Tsar.
 Peter's frequent travels left Russia unmanned, often for months at a time. His absence often spawned revolts and rebellions among the people.  When Peter returned he showed no mercy in putting down the rebellions and asserting his absolute power over the country. This is when Peter's true cruelty was shown, his brutality in sentencing those who rebelled brought out a different man, a man who loved to see people suffer, a man we would see more often as his reign progressed. People who expressed negative thoughts about Peter's decisions were often executed before they had a chance to gain followers and rebel against the Tsar.
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Stolypin himself began to adopt nationalist policies, aimed at asserting the rights of Russians inside the multinational empire. He became increasingly beleaguered, isolated from his earlier supporters who condemned him for abandoning reform while still distrusted and disliked among the Right. In 1911 Stolypin was assassinated by a lone killer who had close links to the Tsarist secret police. The strong suspicion remains that it was his enemies on the Right who had planned his murder. With Stolypin’s death, all hope of reform in Russia came to an end.
Some felt that other countries were progressing at a faster pace and the Tsar should embrace their way of thinking. Dissatisfaction with the autocracy climaxed following the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1905 where workers had their pleas for equality rejected as the Tsars troops shot hundreds of unarmed protesters resulting in huge national turmoil. Father Gapon described the scene “The crowd first knelt and then lay flat down, hiding their heads from the rain of bullets…at last the firing ceased. I stood up with a few others who remained uninjured and looked down at the bodies that lay around me…I saw the scarlet stain of blood upon the snow…horror crept into my heart. The thought flashed through my mind: “This is the work of our Little Father, the Tsar.
In reaction to this, he shut down the assembly in order to keep power for himself. In doing so it was one of the first actions he took which portrayed some similarities to that of the Tsar, but he defended his actions declaring Russia needed to be told what to do in order to live the communist ways, or as it was called ‘dictatorship of proletariat.’ However Lenin did manage to win some of the Russian approval. Another immediate effect of the revolution was on the 8th of November he made a speech in the hopes of gaining the support of masses throughout Russia in order to establish control everywhere. In his speech he promised the land was to be given to the peasants and seized from the rich. This pleased a lot of people as the population had 80% peasants.