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Entering the war was the best course of action for Russia in 1914? Discuss.

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Entering the war was the best course of action for Russia in 1914? Discuss On August 1st 1914 Germany declared war on Russia therefore bringing Russia into a European war. The Great War lasted 4 years but Russia pulled out in 1917 due to problems back home. The reason why Germany declared war on Russia was that it had mobilised it forces and was heading towards Germany. Russia entering that war had both good and bad points for the country and indeed the rest of the world. Many say that cause of the war was the death of Arch Duke Ferdinand air to the Austrian throne. This did spark of a string of events but Russia made some of its own contributions to the war. Russia was a backward country still following Feudal laws and ideas. This caused them to be behind in both industry and agriculture. Russia owned a vast empire that dominated a large percentage of the world. Having people in the west who were in sight of Germany and others in the east in sight of Japan should show the vastness of the land. The people were being led by the tsar and this one man was in charge of the whole country this in itself led to many problems. ...read more.


The Russians didn't use this as there excuse when they came to the aid of Serbia when Austria attacked. Russia said it was the mother land and protected the Slavs. Austria attacked Serbia using the death of Arch Duke Ferdinand as its reason to blaming it on Serbian terrorists. If Russia had let this happen and not intervene Serbia would have been crushed and its way into the European seas along with it. She then mobilised her forces towards Austria and Germany. Russia had only thought up to battle plans for the war each of these so detailed once the wheels had been set in motion then they couldn't be stopped. One of these was the mobilisation of her forces all out against Austria sending men to the aid of Serbia and keeping its entrance to the sea open. The other was to split its forces and go after both Austria and Germany. The alliances were well known around the world and Russia was aware that Germany may go to the aid of Austria therefore would be forced to attack them. The Russian military decided to split her forces and go after Germany and Austria. Some could say this sparked of the chain of events that brought Germany, France and Britain into the war. ...read more.


This could be accounted down to the fact that there wasn't an efficient transport system to get goods from east to west. The transport system problem also would leave troops stuck at one station which had multiple entrances but only one exit. This would mean that men and supplies wouldn't be able to get to the front line in time. Men could get there but not have enough supplies to survive. This is the story of 1 rifle between 3 men came about. Russian troops had a wave of patriotism about them that would have made them good fighting men due to the fact they are willing to die for the country. The generals were unable to or did not take advantage of this fact. The generals themselves were behind in idea of warfare and most of them were put into the job because of their social status. There were not enough generals who had risen through the ranks and knew how to fight and win a war. Baring all of these factors in mind you could say the idea behind going to war was a good one. There were many points to be gained and could be seen as a wise move for the future. Although the lack of a good transport system, merchant navy and industrial system. The country wasn't ready for the vastness of the task ahead. Ted Guest Russian War Essay 7/10/03 ...read more.

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