Cromwell and Rasputin

Cromwell and Rasputin
by
as submitted to
Dr. Richard King

The following essay was an actual submission by a student, who was given the assignment: ``Write a term paper comparing and contrasting two revolutionary figures of your choice. The figures are to be selected from different periods of European history.''

Unlike most papers of student bloopers, which are collaborative efforts, this one is the work of the exceptionally fruitful pen of a single student. Read it and enjoy!


The English and the Russian revolutions had a leader that stood out to have an effect on the revolution. For the Russian it was Rasputin. He was born in the reign of the Tsar-Emperor Alexander the Second, absolute ruler of over a hundred million people consisting of fifty some nationalities and speaking nearly two-hundred-different languages or dialects. This empire stretched from the Prussian border to beyond the Pacific Ocean. Rasputin was an Autocrat who ruled by himself. He was free to appoint and dismiss ministers as he pleased. Then theirs Oliver Cromwell, a man who stood for the commission of the unthinkable act, the execution of the king, should have pushed the Commonwealth and its leaders into further international isolation. These were some of the issues that Oliver Cromwell drived for in the English Revolution. Cromwell was dominant political figure from 1649 to 1658. He had lead the attack on the king and had many followers and support. These twoffigures, Rasputin and Oliver Cromwell, ha had great emphasis on the outcome of their revolutions (Russian and English). Lets look at some similarities and differences on how they ruled their reign of power.

Cromwell was a careful figure who ruled intil his death in 1658. He lead an organization of parliament forces of centralized army called the new model army. Cromwell was an independent so he was frightened of parliament changing religion. Cromwell had faith in his reign, he believed that Parliament couldn't win the civil war if they didn't try someting different.

Rasputin was also a careful and powerful leader. When Nicholas went to the front to take personal command of the army, his wife Alexandra took over government affairs and relied on Rasputin almost completely. So Rasputin also controlled an army and became a successful leader. Although he was killed by the people, it was because of the sake of the people in Russia. They felt that he was discrediting Nicholas II. Rasputin was such a key role in ruling the army, Alexandra went into shock because of the death of Rasputin.

Oliver Cromwell was born in 1599. He immediately took interest in public affairs. After he had become an undergraduate at Cambridge, his father fied which brought him back home to take care of his mother and the family. He also took over his fathers business which was the management of land. Later he had experienced a change of religion to the Puritan side. He was respected so much by his neighbours from his management of land, that they choose him to represent Huntington in the Parliament which described itself by the Petition of Right. Cromwell, however, was known to have interest in religion before politics. He had never really been able to hankle constitutional questions, and was opposite as a whole to them.

Rasputin, however, was also a very religious man. He went to early mass at six o'clock in the morning at Afonskoe Podvorie. He was so admirred, that on the way back from mass there would be a crowd of followers behind him, who accompanied him into the dining room for breakfast. Among these guests were petitioners who arrived around eight o'clock. Rasputin was always called upon by Tsarskoe Selo at ten o'clock, even thought he was usually sleeping by this time. A secret came out that Rasputin was prepared to carry out various transactions, arrange reals of military services, get sentences of imprisonment released, or dispose of the granting of concessions. While known that Rasputin was open for bribes, also took into consideration the help of petitioners who came to him with nothing.

These two leaders, and their different personalities make them both uneque. These two leaders had great effect on the outcome of their revolutions. Even though their techneques were not exactly alike they had similarities in their personal behavior and their beliefs. These two figures reigned at two different times and are also two different people in most respects.

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