(The Julian calendar that Russia used at the time was 13 days behind the western, Gregorian, calendar.Therefore, some date the riot on February 24.) It was started by women demanding more bread, but eventually spread to other industries and throughout the city.
Also, he didn't understand the forces of industrialization and nationalism that were growing throughout Russia.
His disregard for the struggles of the people led them to lose faith in him and the long-standing tradition of autocracy.
Tsar Nicholas II was much more interested in his family life, than matters of the state.
He had an obsession with retaining all his privileges and the belief that he was chosen by God to rule.
The population boom in Russia from 1867-1896 was felt most drastically by the peasants.
The increase of 30 million people in less than 30 years was too great that the land to the peasants' disposal did not increase sufficiently.
The people were not content and were ready to revolt.
They just needed a good reason and a strong leader. It completely changed the government and outlook on life in the very large country of Russia.
All of these required a lot from the state, including tax dollars and manpower.
Russia suffered defeat in all, except against Turkey.