How Far Was the First World War the Main Cause of the Fall of the Romanovs in 1917 Essay

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How far was the First World War the main cause of the fall of the Romanovs in 1917? In March 1917, the Tsar Nicholas II made his decision to abdicate the throne thus, causing the fall of the monarchy in Russia. The First World War was most certainly a factor that caused the fall of the Romanovs however; there are many other factors that must be considered. At the beginning of the war, there was a strong sense of patriotisms in Russia due to excellent war performance. The decline in Russia’s war performance caused morale in the army as well as in the country to also decrease. However, this in itself was not enough to cause the Tsarist regime to fall. The situation of war was made worse by the fact that in September 1915 after the Russians lost Poland; the Tsar took personal control of the army and dismissed this Uncle Nikolai. As a result, poor military performance could be blamed directly on the Tsar himself. This in turn caused his support to wither and his opponents to build up in number. By being in control of the Army, Nicholas II left the running of the government to his German wife Alexandra. The Tsarina Alexander was unpopular for two main reasons: she was German, causing many to accuse her of being to sympathetic with the enemy of the war but also, she was under the influence of the much despised Rasputin. Rasputin was acting as Tsarina Alexandra’s confidant whilst Tsar Nicholas II was fighting in the war. Rasputin had a bad reputation for living a rather unorthodox lifestyle and was well known for his sexual promiscuity. As a result of this, loyalists who believed Rasputin was a danger to the regime killed him. However, this left Tsarina to be the primary blame for political unrest and dire decisions made by the government. By ridding the Tsarina of Rasputin and by Tsar Nicholas II taking control of the army, there was no one else to blame for
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