1. Nicholas II lost the support of the army and had no alternative but to abdicate.
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3. Nicholas II ruled the Russian Empire from November 1894 until his abdication during the February Revolution in 1917.
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14. In 1881, when Nicholas II was 13 years old, his grandfather, Alexander II, was assassinated by a revolutionary bomber.
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15. Nicholas II spent much of late 1915 through August 1917 away from Tsarskoe Selo in Saint Petersburg.
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24. Nicholas II is generally considered to have been incompetent at the colossal task of ruling the enormous Russian Empire.
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26. Nicholas II desired that Russia's mobilization be only against the Austrian border, in the hopes of preventing war with the German Empire.
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27. Nicholas II wanted neither to abandon Serbia to the ultimatum of Austria-Hungary, nor to provoke a general war.
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29. Nicholas II was joined by his cousin, King George V and his wife, Queen Mary.
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32. Nicholas II accepted American mediation, appointing Sergei Witte chief plenipotentiary for the peace talks.
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35. Nicholas II was of primarily German and Danish descent, his last ethnically Russian ancestor being Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna of Russia, daughter of Peter the Great.
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