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Assess the reasons for the 1905 Russian Revolution

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´╗┐Adam Middleton Assess the reasons for the 1905 Russian Revolution Throughout the period leading up to the 1905 revolution there was increasing unrest among the peasants and the middle and working classes of Russia due to the mistreatment by Tsar Nicholas II. One of the most important reasons for revolution in 1905 was the mistreatment of the peasants. The peasants were promised many things by the tsar such as more land and more food and the tsar promised that the peasants could live free without the fear of their land being repossessed by the tsar. However the tsar didn?t see through this promise and only gave the peasants a small strip of land to farm and many peasants died of malnutrition as they thought the tsar would give them food as he was rich and wealthy however this didn?t happen. ...read more.

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It wasn?t just the working classes and the peasants who were becoming disgruntled with the tsar it there was a new middle class forming out of the intelligentsia who were the students who had travelled to other parts of Europe which were more politically advanced like the UK and had seen how successful democracy had been and how successful their countries were without autocracy and the intelligentsia wanted to live in a country where they had more of a say so this meant that educated people were also becoming more unhappy with tsarism which added more to the general unrest in the country. However despite all these factors there was no real push for revolution as of yet and to kickstart revolution a big event would need to happen. ...read more.

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There was also a very bad harvest just before the 1905 revolution which meant that the peasants were even more hungry and struggling for food. This coinciding with the 1902 recession meant that many peasants died of malnutrition. Although still this was not good enough to envoke a revolution. There were two noticeable triggers to the revolution one was when primary school children went on a march to appeal to the tsar for equal rights when the okhrana fired upon the school children this led to obvious anger among most of the people in Russia the fact that people had shot innocent school children. Also bloody Sunday where people walked in all their Sunday bests to appeal to the tsar for equal rights and a better standard of living however the okhrana felt threatened by the mass number of people marching towards them and so they opened fire and shot dead many of the protesters which sparked off the revolution in 1905. ...read more.

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