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Why was Russia so difficult to govern in the late 1800's?

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´╗┐Why Russia was difficult to govern in the late 1800?s There are four main reasons as to why Russia was so hard to govern in the late 1800?s these are: Russia?s geography, the diversity of cultures and religions throughout Russia, the autocratic system of government by witch the country was ruled and the state of Russia?s economy. And in this essay I will explain them and how they all made it difficult for Russia to be governed. One of the reasons that made Russia difficult to govern was its geography, Russia is an extremely large country that spreads over two continents and a large proportion of the land being scarcely habited on uninhabitable, thus it would take months to traverse the country prior to the laying of the first railway and even after that it would still take two weeks or more to travel across the country. ...read more.


different ethnicity and religion living close together in the countryside where the best land for farming is, this made Russia hard to govern because the potential for conflict would have to be quelled and the fact that Russia was a liberal country that wanted everyone to hold the same religion and beliefs so they would try to ?Russify? the people, further increasing resentment towards the government as they would have seen this as trying to strip them if their heritage and identity. The third reason Russia was hard to govern was the autocratic system of government by which the country was ruled, this means that one man, the Tsar had complete control over the country and no person could go against his word, his word was law, and anybody that publicly questioned him or voiced opinions against him would be imprisoned, exiled or even executed. ...read more.


The low numbers of working class population is an indication that Russia had not been through the industrialisation that western countries such as England had experienced witch was a vital factor needed to keep a country economically stable. As Russia was not financially secure enough to give support such as housing and food to their people, this lack of help further increased the resentment towards the Russian government especially amongst the urban workers who were constantly working but not reaping the benefits they felt they deserved. So, to conclude, due to the Russian citizens? needs and wants not being met, the large area that Russia covered and the lack of an industrial revolution that many countries had already experienced to bring economic stability to the country, I believe that Russia was incredibly difficult, near impossible to govern in the late 1800?s leaving the citizens hungry for revolution and to bring democracy into the country. Scott Scottow. ...read more.

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