Module 03: 1917 — Did the War Cause a Revolution?

Evidence 17: Photograph of Rasputin and Coterie

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With Nicholas II's departure for field headquarters, Alexandra's authority over the home front and matters of state increased. The following photograph shows the tsarina's confidante, Rasputin, surrounded by a devoted circle of admirers. Mounting anxiety about the vagaries of Rasputin's behavior and his enormous influence on the tsarina, who believed that he could alleviate her son's hemophilia, prompted a group of court conspirators to assassinate the dissolute monk in December 1916.


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Charles W. Eliot, Harper's Pictorial Library of the World War (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1920), 142.

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