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Why the Tsars Power Crumbled in March 1917 Why do you think the Tsars power crumbled so swiftly in March 1917 Nicholas II ruled Russia from 1894-1917 and was to be its final tsar He ascended the throne under the impression that he would rule his whole life as its undisputed leader Accompanied by his wife Alexandra they lived a comfortable life of luxury while the country suffered around them Nicholas was determined to rule as harshly as his father however he was a very weak and incompetent character who did not posses the qualities capable of guiding Russia through its time of turmoil It was a time of great upheaval Peasants were demanding that the land of the great estate owners be turned over to them because there was not enough land to provide food for all the villages This caused the migration of many peasants to the factories Russias industries were beginning to develop and the number of people living in towns was increasing These people were the urban working class of Russia and they were not as eager to accept the poor wages and conditions as the peasants were For centuries autocratic and repressive tsarist regimes ruled the country and population under sever economic and social conditions consequently during the late 19th century and early 20th century various movements were staging demonstrations to overthrow the oppressive government Poor involvement in WWI also added to the rising discontent against Nicholas as Russian armies suffered terrible casualties and defeats because of a lack of food and equipment in addition the country was industrially backward compared to countries such as Britain France Germany and the USA It had failed to modernize this was to do with the tsars lack of effort for reforms The country was undergoing tremendous hardships as industrial and agricultural output dropped Famine and poor morale could be found in all aspects of Russian life
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