To What Extent Did Wwi Contribute to a Revolutionary Situation in Russia by 1917?

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To what extent did WWI contribute to a revolutionary situation in Russia by 1917? Culminating in 1917, the revolutionary situation in Russia can be linked to the state of unrest caused by World War One to a large extent. World War One was to have a devastating impact on Russia. When World War One started in August 1914, Russia responded by patriotically rallying around Nicholas the Second, but the fact that Russia was defeated by Japan leading up to the first world war, in which 3.3 million Russians were killed, and that his wife, Alexandra, was German, caused dissatisfaction to a great extent. The growing influence of Gregory Rasputin over the Romanov’s did a great deal to damage the royal family and by the end of the spring of 1917. Nicholas II had a romantic vision of him leading his army. Therefore, he spent much time at the Eastern Front. This was a disastrous move as it left Alexandra in control back in the cities. She had become increasingly under the influence of the one man who seemingly had the power to help her son, Alexis, afflicted by hemophilia. Others, appalled at his influence over the tsarina, called him the “Mad Monk” – though not in public unless they wanted to incur the wrath of Alexandra. Rasputin had always clashed with the Duma. They saw his position within the monarchy as a direct threat to their position. Alexandra responded to their complaints about Rasputin’s power by introducing legislation that further limited the Duma’s power. In September 1915, the Duma’s representatives met Nicholas at his military headquarters to express their discontent that there was no government ministry back in the cities that had the confidence of the people. He told them to go back to St Petersburg and carry on working. At the end of September, another group went to see Nicholas to ask for a government that had the people’s confidence. Nicholas
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