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Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Education
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Episode 3: The Road to Revolution

Summary

The historian examines the period between 1825 and 1918, in which four successive tsars faced a Russian society moving rapidly toward revolution. Lucy discovers how the `Tsar-Liberator' Alexander II tried to free millions of serfs from slavery and examines the rise of radical writers and thinkers who sought to have a voice. She also uncovers the family life of the last tsar, Nicholas II, including the influence of Rasputin and questions whether the killing of the ruler and his family could have been avoided. Last in the series.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

They say what goes up must come down and, when it came to Russia's all-powerful Romanov dynasty, that theory certainly proved to be true. Lucy Worsley has already told us how the family rose to power, took the nation through a golden age of expansion and survived Napoleon's onslaught, but here she's documenting their downfall.

Worsley explains how the last tsars of Russia ultimately collided with their people, who were left reeling after decades of famine and war, and discovers how Nicholas II’s family life contributed to the brutal and bloody demise of one of Europe's most powerful royal families.

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  • Episode 3

    The Road to Revolution

    Summary

    The historian examines the period between 1825 and 1918, in which four successive tsars faced a Russian society moving rapidly toward revolution. Lucy discovers how the `Tsar-Liberator' Alexander II tried to free millions of serfs from slavery and examines the rise of radical writers and thinkers who sought to have a voice. She also uncovers the family life of the last tsar, Nicholas II, including the influence of Rasputin and questions whether the killing of the ruler and his family could have been avoided. Last in the series.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    They say what goes up must come down and, when it came to Russia's all-powerful Romanov dynasty, that theory certainly proved to be true. Lucy Worsley has already told us how the family rose to power, took the nation through a golden age of expansion and survived Napoleon's onslaught, but here she's documenting their downfall.

    Worsley explains how the last tsars of Russia ultimately collided with their people, who were left reeling after decades of famine and war, and discovers how Nicholas II’s family life contributed to the brutal and bloody demise of one of Europe's most powerful royal families.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterLucy Worsley

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSebastian Barfield
    Executive producerMichael Poole
    ProducerSebastian Barfield
    Series producerJohn Das
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