Who Were The Romanovs Essay

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The political shift that occurred during the early twentieth century in Russia remains one of the most successful anti-monarchal revolutions in history. The political and social climate leading up to the February and October Revolutions of 1917 was unique, fueled by tense relations between the Russian working class and the royal family. It was the detrimental political missteps by Tsar Nicholas II, as well as his inability to compromise and unwavering desire to retain autocratic control of the nation, which led to the overwrought bond between the monarchy and the common-folk. The removal of the Romanov family from their prestigious throne was a direct result of the divide that Tsar Nicholas II created between the monarchy and the working class. …show more content…
Patrilineal succession of the throne continued as Tsars of Russia until Peter the Great obtained the additional title of Emperor of the Russian Empire in 1721 (Yudina). Peter the Great was well known for his reforms that helped Russia compete on the world-stage with the highly industrialized Europe (“Who Were the Romanovs?”. From then on, the Romanov rule was one of relative peace and prosperity, though Russia was never quite able to catch up with Europe on the industrialized front. The Romanov dynasty lasted for over 300 years, finally ending with the removal and execution of Tsar Nicholas II and his family (“Who Were the …show more content…
In Russia, service in the military was essentially finishing school for elite male members of society (Khrustalev and M. Steinberg, 6). This left war romanticized in the mind of the tsar. Combined with 19th-century colonial policy and the desire to live up to his father’s military legacy, Nicholas II irrationally entered into conflict with Japan over territory in Manchuria and Korea (J. Steinberg). Russia suffered a cataclysmic defeat in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) due to Nicholas’s cocky view of inevitable victory due to supposed racial superiority (J. Steinberg). This led to the Russian front being dramatically unprepared and thus lacking the ability to keep up with the advancements of the Japanese (J. Steinberg). Nicholas’s inability to control the empire’s policy regarding expansion into Asia is an undeniable reason as to why everyone from peasants to educated members of high-society started to lose confidence in the

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