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Russia Revisits Pivotal Role in World War I
Spiegel ^ | January 21, 2014 | Christian Neef

Posted on 01/21/2014 6:47:46 AM PST by C19fan

Anyone looking for human traces of World War I in Russia is well advised to start on the Moscow metro, specifically the green line, which runs to the river port where day-trippers cast off for trips up the Volga River. But you have to get out three stations before that, in Sokol.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: putin; russia; war
It is good Russia is reversing the wiping out of history the Communists did but Putin is using the event to show himself in a positive light. Some of the revisionist history is ridiculous, for example Tsar Nicholas II was a great leader. Nicholas was awful as someone described Russia during his reign as "an autocracy without an autocrat."
1 posted on 01/21/2014 6:47:46 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan
Best description ever of Tsar Nicholas II:

A Dunce Sitting on a Volcano.

2 posted on 01/21/2014 6:51:35 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (This GOP is dead. What do we do now?)
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To: C19fan

The Czar had to go, but what replaced him was much, much worse.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 6:53:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: C19fan
From the article: Winston Churchill once encapsulated the tragic trajectory of czarist Russia when he wrote: "Her ship went down in sight of port."
4 posted on 01/21/2014 7:01:20 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: C19fan

Tsar Nicholas II wasn’t the ruler his father was, that’s for sure. But he was a compassionate, caring man who was just not strong enough for the tumultuous times he inherited. Add to that the medical problems with his son and the generalized hatred his wife experienced and he was just overwhelmed. Throw in a charismatic zealot like Lenin and a first-class organizer like Trotsky, add some economic turmoil, and you have a potent revolutionary stew.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 7:18:06 AM PST by IronJack
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Yes, he would of been much better suited for the ceremonial role of a constitutional monarch. But he thought he needed to continue to be like his father Alexander III and attempt to rule as an autocrat. He had his chance to salvage the Tsarist regime with the events of 1905 but he blew it. What is interesting was in polls of most admired Russians in history the reformist politican during the time Sergei Witte comes out near the top. Too bad the Tsar did not back him up.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 7:23:36 AM PST by C19fan
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There is a concerted movement afoot to remediate Peter III as well. The Russians are experts at revising history to reflect their prevailing sensibilities.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 8:21:47 AM PST by IronJack
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Nicholas II was a POS leader and a person. He screwed his society and government so badly that it was literally a contest of British and German intelligences to keep Russia in or out of WWI. The British has abandoned their Great Game against Russia and did their best to prop Czar’s authority. Killing a lover of his wife - Rasputin was a British op to seize his humiliation. The Germans were all into Marxist propaganda to inflame a communist uprising against the Czar. Lenin was their agent who promised to end the war for support (and he did). It worth mentioning that British ambassador has visited Nicholas II and offered him a plan to boost his popularity and fight marxists. Nicholas II was outraged: ‘Do you think I need to seek confedence from my people?? It is my people who have to seek my confidence.’
If you are about to look back into a Russo-Japanese War it was both started and lost by said person’s arrogance.
He paved a road to Pearl Harbor to some degree there.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 9:13:41 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

Way overstated. Nicholas II’s imperialist ambitions in Port Arthur were understandable, if clumsily negotiated. And the success of the Japanese navy was due in large part to the Tsar’s (naive) belief that no nation would attack another without a formal declaration of war.

As to Nicholas being the rope in a tug of war between England and Germany, it is not uncommon for warring nations to compete for allies. Remember, the Kaiser, the Tsar, and the King were all cousins. There was no way Russia could come out of any negotiation unscathed.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 10:04:53 AM PST by IronJack
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To: cunning_fish

By the way, it was Russians who killed Rasputin, not English. And if ever a man deserved killing, it was that filthy lunatic.


10 posted on 01/21/2014 10:06:35 AM PST by IronJack
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>>By the way, it was Russians who killed Rasputin, not English. And if ever a man deserved killing, it was that filthy lunatic.<<

Oswald Rayner - a British Consulate employee was part of conspiracy. There are evidence that he has fired shots too.

As for Nicholas II and the Japanese, he had some prejudice against them.

Before he was crowned he has toured around the world and visited Japan as a simple tourist.

Passing by some feudal or public official he refused to bow like the Japanese do and was beaten by a policeman (who had no idea that gaijin tourist is a royal).


11 posted on 01/21/2014 9:52:11 PM PST by cunning_fish
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