Why did Nicholas II enter World War I?

1 Answer
Aug 4, 2016


To jump-start Russia's economy.


Seriously, Nicholas II believed that the best way to cure Russia's sagging economy was to enter a war. It was his main reason for waging the Russo-Japanese War a decade earlier (which did not end well for Russia) and it was his reason for declaring war on his first cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm II. (Both were grandsons of Queen Victoria.)