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In what ways did the Russo-Japanese War precipitate revolution in 1905?

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In what ways did the Russo-Japanese War precipitate revolution in 1905? Although the Russo-Japanese War wasn?t the only motivation for the 1905 revolution, it was certainly one of the most dominant factors. Russia?s humiliating defeat acted as a catalyst to the breakdown of her society. The war, itself, did not prompt the revolution; it was the fact that Russia lost, to a much smaller ? and almost inferior ? country. Russia, a Great Power, could not conquer Japan, a less significant, less developed country. Japan didn?t have the resources or the power that Russia had, so how was it that the Japanese were victorious? That was the question that Russia was faced with after the realisation of their defeat. The people of Russia were angry and embarrassed. ...read more.

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The loss of the war had a negative effect on the Government; they lost the support of their country and they were left with the weight of the blame for the defeat, because, essentially, the Government was to blame. The Russian Government initiated the idea of going to war with Japan, but they didn?t prepare their army thoroughly enough. This was the biggest mistake of all, because Russia also blamed the army, and the Government were left feeling extremely paranoid that the army were going to rebel against them. Russians noticed a weakness in the Government that they had not seen before, which probably encouraged them to take advantage and begin a revolution. ...read more.

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They were marching towards Winter Palace, where they would give Tsar Nicholas their petition, but they encountered a horrific obstacle ? a group of troops. An overwhelming number of the innocent, unarmed demonstrators were cold-bloodedly shot by the troops. This day, January 22nd 1905, was quickly named Bloody Sunday. Bloody Sunday was a reaction to the war, and it was the shocking shootings of all the innocent Russians, on that Sunday, that really triggered the revolution. Although the revolution was unsuccessful in reforming Russia, it did encourage the Tsar to make ? albeit false ? promises. The Russo-Japanese War did precipitate revolution in 1905, in that it was a humiliating defeat for Russia, the Russian side were a chaotic mess and thousands of Russians died unjustly at the hands of miscommunications and foolishness. ...read more.

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