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Russia and the Soviet Union 1914-1945 - Year 12 Modern History

World War I and the Collapse of the Tsarist System

THE COLLAPSE OF THE TSARIST SYSTEM

In the book The End of Emperial Russia Peter Waldron writes, "When Tsar Nicholas II appeared on the balcony of the Winter Palace in St Petersburg the day after war was declared in the summer of 1914, the huge crowd which had gathered in the square below greeted him rapturously". How is that only three years later the Romanov dynasty would be over, the Tsarist system rejected and a new rule of law beginning in Russia? 

 

The following questions are worthy of consideration as you explore this topic:

  • How did WWI affect the Russia society and its people? 
  • What kind of leadership did Nicholas provide? 
  • Where and why was dissidence growing? 
  • Who and why was gaining influence in Russia?  

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