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Did the 1905 Revolution leave the Tsarist System weaker or stronger?

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Did the 1905 Revolution leave the Tsarist System weaker or stronger? The revolution of September 1905 was an obstacle in the path of the autocratic government of Nicholas II, and with the help of Count Witte he overcame it relatively efficiently, thus enhancing his power over Russia in some ways, however in some aspects it left his autocratic system weaker. I will now attempt to assess both the positive and negative effects of the revolution on the Tsarist government. Positive Effects on the Tsarist system The revolution showed that the Liberals still feared disorder and were satisfied by reform as opposed to real revolution. ...read more.


Nicholas asserted his authority over the people in his dealing with the revolution, and demonstrated the army and police loyalty available to him as a means of imposing his regime. With the advice of Witte he drew on the diversity of his opposition and thus conquered their need or power to oppose, demonstrating the efficiency of his current government. Negative effects on the Tsarist system The 1905 revolution demonstrated weaknesses in the Tsarist government as it showed just how widespread and diverse the population and its instability and discontent was. Nicholas was essentially forced into granting freedoms and making concessions to placate the people. ...read more.


For these were drastic times, and desperate people demanded decisive drastic action, and the retribution in turn alienated more people to the Tsarist system, Nicholas II personally and the principle of autocracy. Conclusion After clearly evaluating both the positive and negative effects of the 1905 autumnal revolution on the Tsarist autocratic government I now conclude that while it in some ways enhanced the consolidation of power of Nicholas II it unalterably weakened his position, and sowed the seeds for further discontent and disillusion. It showed how the system depended largely on army and police support. As the revolution put Nicholas in a position where he was forced to make promises that he perhaps couldn't (certainly he didn't) keep and grant unfavourable concessions I believe the revolution weakened both his personal position and his autocratic system of government. ...read more.

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