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How Did The Tsar Survive 1905?

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How Did The Tsar Survive 1905? Some say the Tsar was lucky to survive the revolution of 1905. There are many different reasons why the Tsar survived and there are also many different reasons his position was put under threat in the first place. Russia at the time before its split was a huge country and consequently this would have meant the people would have a diverse opinion on how the country should be run and who should run it. This would have also meant a lot of different groups of people causing problems like conflict and lack of communication. The problem that this raised was there lack of unity and unorganised, this posed little threat to the tsar as there was simply no coordination between the groups and they did not react as a unit at the same time. ...read more.


Although the opposition to the Tsar wanted him out they never really suggested a viable alternative to the Tsar and what could be done about recovering Russia from its current state, plus the opposition was seen as judicious other than an uprising force. The civilians of Russia were angered at the losses made in the Russo-Japanese war, as they felt it was a pointless war. One of the primary reasons the Tsar survived 1905 was his determination to survive, he believed that Russia's size meant that the only effective way of ruling was by an autocracy and that any other way would result in Russia falling apart. The Tsar employed Durnovo as an internal minister who applied repression to stop anyone rising up to the Tsar, he was later replaced by Stolypin who was notoriously harsh and ruthless, his figures of 1,114 by prosecution was proof of this and this figure was almost certainly greater. ...read more.


The Tsar tightened his grip on the country when he introduced the Fundamental Laws in April 1906. The tsar could now veto any legislative measures made by the Duma and he also placed restrictions on the Duma such as controlling the budget. So if the Duma stepped out of line the Tsar was not afraid to dissolve it. The army was very loyal to the Tsar and with them under command of the Tsar large crowds were easy to deal with as people were afraid to stand up to the Army in fear of being killed. In conclusion it was not necessarily the Tsar's strengths that kept him in power it was the lack of organisation with the opposition. The army played a major part in the Tsar surviving the revolution of 1905, timely decisions (not always be the Tsar himself) that were made helped him to keep a hold of the country for longer. By Daniel Christey ...read more.

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