In February 1917, strikes in Petrograd led to a demonstration and Cossack soldiers refused the Tsars orders to fire on demonstrators. Nicholas loss of support and weakening leadership led to his abdication.
When was Nicholas II was forced to step down?
On 15 March 1917 (according to the western calendar) Tsar Nicholas II abdicated from the Russian throne. This brought to an end the Romanov dynasty that had ruled Russia for over three hundred years.
Who was the greatest tsar?
Peter the Great was a Russian czar in the late 17th century who is best known for his extensive reforms in an attempt to establish Russia as a great nation.
Can Nicholas II speak Russian?
As Nicholas spoke Russian and his wife spoke German, they often spoke in English to each other to aid communication, as well as some German (they could also speak French and Italian). The Tsarina didnt learn Russian until after their engagement – she was said to have a good accent, yet speak it very slowly.
What languages could Tsar Nicholas II speak?
Nicholas II: a tsar with an accent Nicholas II spoke foreign languages (like all others in this list, he knew German and French as well) so well that, as his courtiers remarked, he had a slight foreign accent in Russian, softening several sounds.