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The role that the end of the First World War played in Russian history is a peculiar one, as it can be seen not only as the final act of oppression for the tsar but also as the event which sparked the regime change in Russia. Although many historians debate whether the First World War was the cause of the fall or simply a catalyst, it is understood that it played a large role in shaping the future of Russia’s governance. The First World War served as a turning point not only for Russia, but for monarchical rule in general. However, in Russia, it was not simply the war which brought about change to the country. Rather the war finally weakened the country enough so that all of the social problems which had been forming for the past decade finally came to a head. The revolution which ended the tsarist regime did not come as other revolutions had. There were no great individuals who wanted to take control of the country for themselves. There were no parts of the government who felt that they were being underrepresented and that a change needed to occur, and there were not overseas empires controlling the country without representation. Ironically the end of the tsarist regime in Russia ended not with the removal of the tsar in 1917, but rather with the implementation of one in 1894. The tsarist regime in Russia fell due to the combined incompetency of Nicholas II as tsar, and the resentment of the people towards a system unwilling to change for them.
Although the First World War was the event which set off all of the building tensions in Russia and that the tsarist regime had been in jeopardy for a while. The First World War only served as the finality to the events which ruined the legitimacy of the tsar and finally allowed the peop...

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...ently. However this was not the case. The First World War had exacerbated the growing sentiment of failure which had loomed over the tsar for over a decade. The Frist World War acted as a catalyst to the movements already in place. Almost every distinguishable group of people in Russia had become fed up with the incompetency and arrogance of a tsar who never delivered any good fortune their way. His constant failure and limiting of the powers of other also caused much grief amongst the people. The First World War provided the citizens of Russia an opportunity to remove the tsar, and rebuild the country. In February 1917, Tsar Nicholas II was convinced by his generals , in agreement with parliamentary politicians to abdicate in an attempt to stop future mutiny. This abdication marked the end of the monarchy in Russia, and Tsar Nicholas was murdered one year later.
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