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Economic Crises of Revolutionary Russia. Economic crises were the lone factor that created a revolutionary situation. To what extent do you agree?

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"Economic crises were the lone factor that created a revolutionary situation." To what extent do you agree? Russia in the late 1800's and early 1900's was approaching a turning point in which their system of government would be overrun and eradicated. The economic crises from which Russia was suffering at the time played an important role in the creation of a revolutionary situation. The fiscal problems Russia was facing included its struggling agrarian system, the high cost of the First World War and the international trade recession caused by Sergei Witte's economic reforms. Adding to these was a number of non-economical factors, including the failure of the four Dumas, the Tsar's involvement with the First World War and the political and social influence of the "nefarious" Rasputin. ...read more.

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It was in the same year of 1914 that the fourth and most superfluous Duma was dismissed that Tsar Nicholas decided for Russia to enter the First World War. At the time the Tsar's reasons for entering the First World War seemed perfectly justified, if not for the occasional warning of doom and destruction. Russia's eagerness to expand eastwards and its fear that the 1871 unification of Germany meant that central Europe was dominated by the ambitious and powerful nation could be considered a long term reason for joining. Short term reasons included Russia's aim to see that the Balkan state of Serbia did not fall under the influence of hostile foreign powers, i.e. ...read more.

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Gregory Efimovich Rasputin was an extraordinary man with extraordinary powers over the Tsarevich Alexi's condition. Because his mysterious ability to heal Alexi's haemophilia, a hereditary disease passed down through the mother in which the blood cannot clot to stop bleeding, and the easing of Alexandra's guilt this caused, Rasputin quickly rose from a semi-literate peasant from Siberia to one of the closest confidants to the Tsar's family. During the years that Alexandra was left on the throne Rasputin was able to exert a considerable amount of influence through her, who felt indebted to him for saving the heir of Russia. Soon, men were being promoted only because they respected Rasputin instead of showing any skill in their area. To the people of Russia, who feared his "powers", Rasputin soon became symbolic of the decay in the tsarist regime. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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