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The Incompetence of Tsar Nicholas II

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on 18 September 2015

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January 5th 1905, Father George Gapon held a peaceful demonstration to establish workers rights and improve their working conditions. Nicholas’s response was to send troops and shoot down the protesters. This became a public outrage and was known as bloody sunday.
Although Nicholas II continued to think of himself as the supreme leader , he was forced to create the Duma, an elected legislature.
In his youth , Nicolas lacked interest in ruling the empire and only payed attention to military affairs
His father died unexpectedly in 1894, throwing Nicholas II into the throne unprepared.
He mistrusted most of his ministers, yet was incapable of ruling Russia alone.
Tsar Nicolas II
His first poor public impression happened when a rowdy celebration of his coronation caused over a thousand people to be stampeded to death. The Tsar had no reaction to this and just went on with his day.
This became known as the Khodynka Tragedy
Over the next years of his reign it became common knowledge that Tsar was not very interested in the affairs of the public.

Because of economic expansion into Eastern Russia and the Pacific Coast, Japan became increasingly threatened.
Japan began to attack Russia, causing battles to break out along the East
Russia was decimated, and embarrassed, especially considering that they were a massive empire much larger than Japan

At the beginning of WWI when the Russian army was performing poorly, he went against his ministers wishes and took complete command of the army, abandoning his country.
Left Rasputin and his wife in charge
Rumors began circulating about Rasputin and Alexandra and Nicholas refused to intervene and take rumors out of the media.
This caused the mass resignation of his advisors and ministers.
Russia continued to take heavy losses and Russia plunged deep into poverty.
By the end of the war, Russia lost over 3.3 million people.

Political enemies nicknamed him Nicholas the Bloody because of the Khodynka Tragedy, Anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, his violent suppression of 1905 revolution, his execution of political opponents and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese war.
His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being one of the great powers of the world to economic and military collapse.
Because of this, the Duma turned its back on Nicholas II.

Political enemies nicknamed him Nicholas the Bloody because of the Khodynka Tragedy, Anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, his violent suppression of 1905 revolution, his execution of political opponents and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese war.
His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being on of the great powers of the world to economic and military collapse.
Because of this, the Duma turned its back on Nicholas the Second.

The Incompetence of Tsar Nicolas II
At the beginning of WWI, when the Russian army was performing poorly, he went against his ministers wishes and took complete command of the army, abandoning his country.
Left Rasputin and his wife in charge and the people became suspicious.
Rumors began circulating about Rasputin and Alexandra and Nicholas refused to intervene and take rumors out of the media.
This caused the mass resignation of his advisors and ministers.
Russia continued to take heavy losses and Russia plunged deep into poverty.

Fun Facts
1. The 1997 animated movie Anastasia is about Nicholas II daughter. However, the real life Anastasia did not escape and was assassinated by the Bolsheviks along with her family.

2. Nicholas II's wife , Alexandra was the grand daughter of Queen Victoria.

3. Nicholas II's son Alexei suffered from hemophilia.

Because of economic expansion into Eastern Russia and the Pacific Coast, Japan became increasingly threatened. Japan began to attack Russia, causing battles to break out along the East. Japan decimated Russia, causing the Russian people to blame it on the Tsar's incompetence.

January 5th 1905, Father George Gapon held a peaceful demonstration to establish workers rights and improve their working conditions. Nicholas’ response was to send troops and shoot down the protesters. This became a public outrage and was known as Bloody Sunday.
He was forced to abdicate in March of 1917 after the February Revolution when he and his family were imprisoned.
He was later executed with his family and a few servants in July 1918 by the Bolsheviks.
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