This is a bundle of 3 highly animated, power point presentations on the History of Russia – Rasputin, Nicholas II and the Fall of the House of Romanov. The total number of slides is 80. Each power point presentation is highly editable, so you can change them or reorder the slides to fit your individual needs.
Power point presentation #1 is entitled The History of Russia - The Fall of the House of Romanov and contains 29 slides.
The Romanov Dynasty also known as “The House of Romanov” was the second imperial dynasty (after the Rurik Dynasty) to rule Russia. The Romanov family reigned from 1613 until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, because of the Russian Revolution. The last Romanov Tsar, Nicholas II, a direct descendant of Empress Catherine the Great, ascended the throne when his father, Tsar Alexander III, died unexpectedly at the relatively youthful age of 49.
Nicholas did not want to be Emperor and was not a good leader. He made two major mistakes that lead to the family’s downfall: His son Alexei, was plagued with hemophilia which became a closely guarded state secret forcing the family to withdraw from public. To make matters worse, after a peasant monk, Rasputin, prayed for the boy he became better. The family was overjoyed and considered Rasputin to be God sent and embraced his counsel fully. Rasputin was more than likely mentally imbalanced but became a close family confident.
Nicholas II leadership in World War I was a disaster as millions lost their lives. This created unrest throughout the country which lead to the Russian Revolution and the family’s capture and execution, ending a 300 year old dynasty.
Tsars & Emperors
The Hemophilia Gene
Carrier of the Gene
Alexei Nearly Dies
End of the Dynasty
Impact on History?
Assassinations & Deaths
The Romanov’s Fate
Proof of the Remains
The Family Crypt
End of Presentation
Power point presentation #2 is entitled The History of Russia – Key Figures – Tsar Nicholas II and contains 23 slides.
Nicholas II inherited the throne when his father, Alexander III, died in 1894. Nicholas II’s was the last tsar of Russia under Romanov rule. His handling of “Bloody Sunday” and World War I incensed his subjects and led to his abdication. The Bolsheviks executed him and his family on the night of July 16-17, 1918, in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Nicholas II inherited the Russian throne when his father died of kidney disease at the age of 49 on October 20, 1894. Nicholas II hardly felt up to the task of assuming his father’s role. He confessed to a close friend, "I am not prepared to be a tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling."
In 1904, Alexandra gave birth to the longed-for male heir, Alexei. The parents’ joy soon turned to concern as Alexei was diagnosed with hemophilia. Desperate to find an effective treatment for Alexei, Nicholas II and Alexandra turned to a peasant monk named Rasputin who’s prayers help the boy get better.
In 1904 Japan attacked Russia. In December of that year, Nicholas II’s army was forced to surrender Port Arthur. By spring of 1905, his fleet was decimated in the Battle of Tsushima. On January 5, 1905, a sizable but peaceful demonstration of workers in St. Petersburg turned violent when troops opened fire on the demonstrators, killing more than 1,000 people in what would come to be called the infamous “Bloody Sunday.”
At the beginning of World War I, Russia’s armies performed poorly. In response, Nicholas II appointed himself commander-in-chief, so he could take direct control of the military from Grand Duke Nicholas, against the advice of his ministers. In his absence, the empress grew increasingly withdrawn and ever more dependent on Rasputin, who heavily influenced her political view on matters at home. Nicholas II’s ministers consequently resigned in rapid succession and were replaced by Alexandra’s chosen candidates, as influenced by Rasputin until his 1916 murder by nobles.
The Russian public blamed Nicholas II for his poor military decisions, and Empress Alexandra for her ill-advised role in government. On March 15, 1917, Nicholas II had no other choice but to step down from the monarchy. He and his family were then taken to the Ural Mountains and placed under house arrest. On the night of July 16-17, 1918, Nicholas II and his family were murdered by Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, thus ending more than three centuries of the Romanov Dynasty’s rule.
Inheriting the Throne
World War I
End of Romanov Rule
End of Presentation
Power point presentation #3 is entitled The History of Russia – Grigory Rasputin and contains 28 slides.
Grigori Rasputin, the “Mad Monk” was born into a peasant family in Siberia, Russia, around 1869. After failing to become a monk, Rasputin became a wanderer and eventually entered the court of Czar Nicholas II because of his alleged healing abilities. Known for his prophetic powers, he became a favorite of the Nicholas's wife, Alexandra Feodorovna, when she became convinced that the monk was a gift to her from God, sent to ease her passage through life as the “Little Mother of Russia,” and to preserve the life of her only son, Alexei.
Between 1906 and 1914, various politicians and journalists used Rasputin’s association with the imperial family to undermine the dynasty’s credibility and push for reform. Rasputin helped their efforts by claiming to be the Czarina’s advisor, and accounts of his rampant lascivious behavior emerged in the press, compounding contempt among state officials.
Members of the extended Romanov family, sensing that something was not quite right, were not pleased with Alexandra’s increasing reliance on his counsel. She credited his prayers with saving Alexei’s life on more than one occasion, and she taught her children to view Rasputin as their “friend.” She was careful to hide him from other family members and caretakers, and the children didn’t dare talk to others about him.
There were numerous reports of liaisons with many women and an affair with Alexandra herself. No matter what he did the family supported him blindly having solidified his position as caretaker of the heir to the throne, Alexei. After the disaster of World War I and the civil unrest in the country, extend family members arranged to have him murdered.
Early Life, Education & Marriage
Friend of the Imperial Family
His Stature Grows
Rumors of Misconduct
The Family’s Support
One Year Later
Alexi is Stricken
The State Secret
Preparing for Death
Act of Desperation
Russia Enters World
Beginning of the End
Downfall of Rasputin
Death & Legacy
End of Presentation
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