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Causes of the Revolution of March1917 / Downfall of the Tsar

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Causes of the Revolution of March 1917 / Downfall of the Tsar There were many reasons for both of these events, short term and long term. The long term causes where the conditions of living in the towns and countryside and also how the Tsar ran the country and whether or not the people had any opportunities to say what they wanted to. There were only two short term causes; The First World War and the Revolution is the final short-term cause. There were many problems in Russia for the in the countryside and in the towns. The main problems in the countryside for peasants were famine, starvation and lack of fuels. Lack of land was also a big problem in the countryside. On the land that they did have the farmers only used old-fashioned technology, this was hard to work with. Overall the extreme poverty of the peasants and their need for more land led to discontent. The main problems in the towns were; rapid industrial growth. Middle class businessmen wanted to control workers. ...read more.


Therefore the people became discontented and began to curse the Tsar. The army had little stuff like rifles ammunitions and even boots. They were appallingly led and treated by the aristocrat officers. The Tsar then decided that he would lead the army, but he was a poor leader. However this did mean that the people could blame the Tsar for any battles they lost, the defeats and blunders. After this many of the soldiers supported the Bolshevik's party. They had by this time completely lost faith in the Tsar. The Tsar made another mistake because the people of Russia did not like the fact that one man made all the decisions. In fact he made several mistakes during the First World War one of his main mistakes was that he made himself commander and also that he fled Petrograd. Also they did resented Nicholas II because he didn't like the idea of reforms. The people did not have the opportunity to have a say in how the country was governed Russia as a whole did not like this. ...read more.


The Duma was then forced to set up a Provisional Committee to govern Russia. When the Tsar heard of this he ordered them to disband but they refused. Since the Tsar ordered his troops to put down the revolt, again the troops refuse and many join the workers. Following this the Petrograd Soviets are formed and they control food supplies into the city. This means that everyone had lost faith in the Tsar his own army were turning against him, this caused the Tsar to abdicate he offered the job to his brother but he turned down the job, this was to be the end of Tsars in Russia, My final judgment is that the war was the main cause of the March, Russian Revolution of 1917, many believe this because Russia just couldn't cope with the war and the effects of it on the people and the country. Many also believe that this is the reason why the Tsar abdicated, he made too many wrong decisions about the war and this caused key groups i.e. workers, peasants and soldiers to turn against the Tsar. ?? ?? ?? ?? Charlie Collard Mrs Kennedy 10L Causes of the Revolution of March 1917 / Downfall of the Tsar ...read more.

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