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Analyze the part played by the failure of Tsardom in the Feb/March revolution in 1917.

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History Essay Analyze the part played by the failure of Tsardom in the Feb/March revolution in 1917. Maybe it was fated for Russia to become a democracy or a socialist state; for all signs pointed towards an empty throne. Tsardom, in Russia, had proved successful in the past as the Tsar carefully managed his power and, at least in the Golden years of the Tsarist era, somewhat appeased or completely suppressed the people. And the people did not expect much more in that the Tsar did not offer much more. As long as they stayed out of his pursuits, they lived to see the sun rise the next day (instead of seeing a firing squad taking aim at them). But it was the evident weakness that the people saw in Tsar Nicholas II, and the manifest repercussions that rippled forcefully throughout the economic and social sectors of Russian life, that made the Imperial Throne no more than a threat to the people and the Crown: no more than a symbol of power, wantonly used because of insecurity. ...read more.


If one could sum up the entire public opinion of Russia at that time in one word: it would be dissatisfaction. There was dissatisfaction in almost all aspects of the Russian community: the military, workers and peasants. The feudal framework had been abolished by Tsar Alexander II, in which serfs were tied to their land and were answerable to feudal lords. Ironically enough, he replaced the feudal lords with land captains and communes. And the serfs were not happy: they had been taken out of the frying pan and thrown in the fire. This found its climax, until 1917, in the 1905 Revolution, which was quickly suppressed. Now, under Tsar Nicholas, their resentment was beginning to show again: they expected change, they got now. The military was equally distressed. They were forced to fight in the Great War and suffered heavy losses. There were not enough guns for every soldier and a soldier had to depend on the death of his colleague for a gun to fight with. ...read more.


When he failed to, the revolutionaries could make their promises, (the socialists could promote their ideology as a better alternative), and offer a better future. And the millions of peasants and workers that supported them later proved to be their biggest asset; and the Tsar biggest loss. The fragility of Tsardom under Tsar Nicholas II was proven through the quick disintegration of the Throne. He was so weak in personality that he himself abdicated his crown. Revolutionaries, from then on, had to assume the role that the Tsar played in a more democratic fashion: and this was almost blindly accepted. The Revolution occurred could end as quickly as it started. One can conclude that the Tsar left the throne dishonored not only in that he abdicated himself but in that he was the key factor that placed upon the throne leaders who were driven by ruthlessness3: he took Russia with it when he fell. 1 The 1917 February/March Revolution. 2 There was a sudden growth of revolutionary parties/groups consisting of two main powers: the Social Revolutionaries and the Social Democrats. 3 Lenin and Stalin. ...read more.

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