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Why was Nicholas II abdicated?

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He was the last Tsar of Russia because the Russian people were frustrated with his lack of military competence. Under his reign, Russia lost the Russo-Japanese war of 1905. After this embarrassing military defeat, Nicholas II assumed personal control of the military efforts. During World War I, with the Tsar as the head military general, the Russians still lost some key battle causing the people and the soldiers to lose faith in his ability to lead.

The people of Russian were displeased about entering WWI in general because they thought, and rather correctly, that the only reason why they were fighting was because of previous diplomatic alliances entered into by the Tsar.

While away at the front, Nicholas II left his wife in charge of the domestic government issues. His wife Alexandra was of German descent and the people thought she was a German spy during World War I.

Because of disloyalty of the army, economic turmoil, public starvation, and an ailing son (Alexei heir to the throne was a hemophiliac), Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the throne on March 14th, 1917. Government was handed over to his brother who refused the throne unless the people should elect him to be King. Instead, a provisional government was established. This is known as the February Revolution of 1917, though the revolution really happened in March according the Gregorian calendar.

As a side note: This really had nothing to with the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks just yet, that was the October Revolution of 1917.

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He abdicated after the March Revolution that was meant to dethrone him.

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