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CLIP 5671

Russia and the First World War

Russia and the First World War

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Key Info
  • Russia and the First World War
  • Duration: 01:30
  • In 1914, Tsar Nicholas took Russia into the First World War to defend their allies, the Serbs. By 1917, millions were dead or wounded on the Eastern Front. Many blamed officers’ incompetence. The Tsar himself took over command but this didn’t end the defeats. When a particularly severe winter took hold in 1917, morale in the army and in the cities plunged low. With the Tsar at the front, the Tsarina Alexandra took control. But she was not trusted by the people due to her German nationality. It did not help that she fell under the influence of the folk healer Rasputin.
  • Subject:



    First World War

  • Keywords: Tsar, Nicholas II, First World War, Russia, Russian Revolution, World War I, history, bitesize
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could discuss the importance of the different factors that led to the end of Tsarist rule. The clip can link to wider study of the First World War and of Russian and Soviet history.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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