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Russia Controlled Assessment How did the First World War weaken the Tsar’s government? L.O. To be able to explain the impact of WW1 on the Russian people.

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1 Russia Controlled Assessment How did the First World War weaken the Tsar’s government? L.O. To be able to explain the impact of WW1 on the Russian people and to judge how far it contributed to the downfall of the Tsar

2 Starter: Glossary Were there any words you struggled to define in your glossary for homework? If so, jot down a definition now...

3 The outbreak of war The Tsar attempted but failed to resolve the problems in Russia. Poverty, backwardness and inequality meant tensions were running high Then in 1914, Russia entered the First World War At first tensions seemed to disappear – the Tsar seemed genuinely popular and there was an instant display of patriotism The people put their problems aside to face a common enemy - Germany

4 The outbreak of war St Petersburg was renamed Petrograd, which was more Russian The Tsar started to work more closely with the Duma Some able politicians were appointed to important posts

5 “At last the Tsar, moved by the magnitude of the demonstration, appears on the balcony overlooking the square. Instantly the throng sinks to its knees and with absolute spontaneity sings the deep- throated Russian anthem. For perhaps the first time since Napoleon’s invasion of Russia the people and their Tsar were one”. (The Times correspondent in Russia, July 1914, witnessing a huge crowd outside the Winter Palace). How would you describe the mood of this scene? Choose ONE WORD

6 What is Nicholas doing here ? What does this tell you about the mood of the country ? Clue: he is holding an icon

7 The outbreak of war The good feeling, however, was short-lived As the war continued, the Tsar began to lose the support of key sectors of Russian society...

8 What would you do? You are Tsar Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia. Between you are faced with many difficult problems. For each one, select which option you think would be best to maintain your power and position in Russia...

9 How did you do? points: If only you had been Tsar. You are a modern ruler who is flexible and can adapt to situations points: Not bad, as long as you were able to keep one of the following on your side (the nobles, the workers and peasants or the Parliament) you would stay in power points: Oh dear. You would have been forced to give up your throne. You have probably just started a chain of events which will lead to you and your family being murdered.

10 Impact of WW1 Read through the impacts of WW1 in the table on the sheet and then complete the questions about the major problems in Russia (for the activity on the army you will need a copy of the source sheet)

11 Impact of WWI on the Russian people Use p to explain what impact the war had on the following groups: The army The aristocracy The workers The middle classes

12 Plenary: Why did the Tsar abdicate in 1917? Complete a pie chart in pairs Give the largest slice of the pie to the reason you think was most significant in the downfall of the Tsar In the outer circle you must write your reasons for giving each slice the size of the pie that you did


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