Was Tsar Nicholas Fit to Rule Russia?

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When one attempts to answer the question of whether or not “Tsar Nicholas was fit to rule Russia” one must consider three main points, his character, his attitudes, the problems facing Russia at the time and how he dealt with them. Essentially, Tsar didn’t have the emotional stability and desire to rule, that a ruler should possess and his neglecting of his country, would prove to eventually see an end to the Romanov dynasty in 1918.

To be a successful leader one must first posses the desire and emotional stability, two these are all qualities in which Tsar Nicholas ii did not possess. “I am not prepared to become the Tsar. I never wanted to become one” He himself admits that he is incapable of ruling a country and doesn’t posses the qualities that a leader should essentially possess “I know nothing of the business of ruling. I have no idea of even how to talk to ministers” Oct 1894 he states, implying that he is incompetent and unprepared to rule a country. The Romanov dynasty was one that followed an autocratic rule; leadership is as such kept within the family. This matter alone introduces a number of issues, in that although a level of skill and experience can be passed on from father to son, there is no guarantee of leadership and success, as evident in Nicholas’s rule. An autocratic government will not offer much opportunity for change, challenge and the ability to assess performance. While there is ample reason to question the reliability of this source, an extract from Tsar Nicholas ii’ personal writings further reinforce “I had a lot of papers to read which bored me to death because I would so much like to have more time to give to my beloved little soul Alix” from this we can see, that he would put his family before the needs or concerns of his country. He is more in tune with himself and his personal relationships, than in the business of leading. “I had a lot of papers to red which bored me to death” he writes, suggesting that he doesn’t find

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