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The Romanov family a great and prestigious lineage ruled over Russia from 1613 to 1917 Although it had in the past overcome all types of dilemmas the Romanov family was to fall at last in 1917 with the resignation of Tsar Nicholas the SecondAfter the Russo-Japanese war of 1905 the Russian army was severely weakened and as a result the Russian government was forced to endure the restraints of a cautious foreign policy As it was necessary for the Russian army to rebuild itself before Russia could again be considered as great a power as it had been most of Russias efforts had to concentrated within the country For assistance in rebuilding its power Russia received loans from France which strengthened their allianceAfter having been defeated in the Russo-Japanese war Russia no longer had much influence in East Asia and therefore turned its efforts to the Balkan states where an unstable situation was developing with the weakening of the Habsburg monarchy and the Ottoman Empire The Russian foreign minister Aleksandr Petrovich Izvolsky failed to consummate a deal with Austria over the control of Bosnia and Herzegovina This resulted in Austria taking control of those two Balkan states this national humiliation caused Ivolsky to resignBecause Russia had for a long time had a policy of protecting its Slavic brothers the Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand in June of 1914 and the ensuing demand by Austria of Serbia put Russia in a difficult situation It could not very well back down to Austrian demands again as it had in the Bosnia-Herzegovina affair and yet to not give in would mean to set the two sets of alliances at odds the Triple Entente against the Triple Alliance and to put Europe at war But in accordance with the beliefs of the time Russia decided in favour of the war in hopes that their power would be extended and solidified in the BalkansAt first it seemed as if the
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