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Discuss the reign of Nicholas II and analyze the reasons for hisThe idea that anything Nicholas II could have done to change thecourse of history would be wishful thinking Russia before 1917 wasthe largest country in the world In economic terms it was backward asit was late industrializing and late to emerge from feudalism Inpolitical terms it was also backward with no legal political parties orNicholas was brought up by his father Alexander III who didnt believehis son had the intelligence and therefore neglected to educate him inthe business of running the country The fact that his father died at theage of 49 and thought he had many more years to rule also contributedto Alexanders poor preparation to ruleAt 29 Nicholas assumed the throne marrying the granddaughter ofQueen Victoria the German Princess Alix of Hess She took the nameAlexandra and proceeded to dominate Nicholas in his decisions on statematters Their relationship though not the sole reason for the downfallof the Romanov dynasty could be considered one of the causes Bothlacked any ability for their positions in leading a countryIn the early years of the twentieth century the Russian economy fell intoa depression this aroused extensive urban and rural unrest partly dueto the unrest the government and Czar led Russia into a war withJapan The defeat of the Russian forces led to the onset ofrevolutionary events led up to the events of January 9 1905 whichbecame known as Bloody Sunday The large crowds bearing iconsand pictures of the tsar marched to the winter palace in St Petersburg They went with the hopes of presenting the tsar with a petitiondemanding a series of measures to improve the lot of workers Theprotesters believed that the tsar would hear their petition and correctthe wrongs Instead on orders from Nicholas the troops opened firedand hundreds died From that night on Nicholas had sealed the fate ofNicholas under pressure tried to make concessions in an effort to shoreup support from the
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