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Can the events in Russia in 1905 be considered a revolution? Russian peasants were living near enough to poverty. Their working conditions were terrible, the

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Can the events in Russia in 1905 be considered a revolution? Russian peasants were living near enough to poverty. Their working conditions were terrible, the population was increasing leaving an insufficient amount of land to distribute between all the peasants. Matters were only made worse due to the poor farming methods. Farming was organized in village groups by the mir, no individual peasant was able to make a move on his own to improve farming conditions without the support of the mir. The peasants blamed the nobles for their downfall feeling they had cheated them out of their land. Chekhov described the peasants in a story that he published in 1897: "... these people lived worse than cattle... The most insignificant little clerk or official treated the peasants as though they were tramps, and addressed even the village elders and church wardens as inferiors, and as though he had a right to do so." Russia's industry was going through a rapid growth spurt, however its growth spurt although may have been good for Russia's empire, was quite the opposite for the industrial workers, who had to work long hours, in dangerous conditions, at very low pay. ...read more.

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Also requesting an increase in wages amongst others. On January 22nd 1905 a large crowd of protestors gathered together to make a march to the winter palace and present their petition. However when they reached the winter palace they found that the Tsar was not there and the winter palace was road blocked by the army. The troops began to fire at the unarmed protestors killing thirteen protestors in the process. Father Gapon the leader of the protest said "... Perhaps this anger saved me, for I knew the very truth that a new chapter was opened in the book of the history of our people... 'There is no longer a Tsar for us'..." after he found out the tsar was not at the palace. In June 1905 the Potemkin Mutiny took place and the industrial workers in Russia went on strike. In October 1905 the railwaymen went on strike paralyzing the whole network, this was followed by Leon Trotsky amongst other Mensheviks establishing the St. Petersburg soviet. As the protest began to become more out of control the Tsar published the October manifesto under Witte's influence. ...read more.

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This clearly states that the Tsar overpowers all others, without the Tsars consent no law cold be passed by. Overall I think the events in Russia in 1905 could not be considered as a revolution because peasants were not given their fair share of land and the industrial workers were not being given tolerable conditions to work in nor reasonable pay or working hours. After the release of the October manifesto, things still had not improved from how they once were, although the manifesto gave all people freedom of speech they were still imprisoned or executed if they made any comments/remarks that were not to the liking of the Tsar. Eventually by 1912 the Tsar had stopped the use of the government, took away the Duma and began to rule himself once again, only to release the fundamental laws not too soon after, which once again although gave all workers equal political rights and freedom of speech it also allowed the Tsar to take control himself once again without their being any problems to prevent him from doing so, therefore giving him the opportunity to jump in as soon as he did not like what was being done whether it was right or wrong. ?? ?? ?? ?? Subat Bashir History 10E ...read more.

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