Thesis Statement: Corrupt influences on the Romanovs, the ruling family of Russi

Thesis Statement: Corrupt influences on the Romanovs, the ruling family of Russia, led to ultimate, untimely downfall of the Russian Empire.
Proposal:
The contents of this paper will attempt to prove that corruption of the Imperial family led to the untimely end of the centuries-long rule of the Romanov family in Russia. Corrupt influences took many shapes and forms over the course of the Romanov rule. Several of these affects will be discussed in an essay style paper which will provide scholarly research and data to endorse all insights made and conclusions drawn.
While not a complete and in-depth look into the Romanov family history or the fall of the Russian Empire, it is important to discuss the structure and importance of the last imperial dynasty to rule Russia. Though this paper will focus on the termination of this monarchy, understanding the long past behind the fall will lend greater depth and texture to the conversation of this paper.
The Romanov family came to power in 1613 and maintained rule over Russia for over three centuries. From the beginning of their reign until the end in 1917, 18 members of the family held the throne. Each had important contributions and weaknesses, but for the sake of brevity, only some of the most critical players will be highlighted in the forthcoming paper.
During the tenure of Czar Nicholas II, the last emperor, much unrest occurred among the people. As a weak and indecisive leader, he had difficulty portraying competence before his subjects and by the leaders of other countries. Grigori Rasputin heavily influenced Nicholas II’s wife, Alexandra. He was a Russian mystic whose powerful “readings” infuriated many.
Government corruption was also widespread under Nicholas II and as a consequence, there was severe economic fallout. In addition, an already struggling Russian economy was further impacted by events surrounding World War I.

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