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How Did Tsar Nicholas 2nd Survive The 1905 Revolution
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How Did Tsar Nicholas 2nd Survive The 1905 Revolution?
There are several factors that help our understanding of how the tsar and his regime endured the turmoil of the 1905 revolution. However, one thing is for sure, after the uprising and swift, brutal suppression of the revolutionaries on the 22nd of January 1905 outside the gates of the Winter Palace, the Nicholas 2nd and his administration received a drastic wake up call. Even though the monarchy received a hard slap on this day, the tsar himself was in no immediate danger; the ignorance of the instigator, Father Gapon, ensured that he didn't even know that the tsar was not occupying the Palace at this time.
There is much debate as to whether or not the events of 1905 constituted a revolution at all. Leon Trotsky, a famous and influential revolutionary writer stated that it was merely a 'dress rehearsal' for 1917, and he is not without support. The impact that it had was minimal compared to any other of history's great political upheavals. Many Marxist historians believe that 1905 only worsened matters, making full a scale revolt inevitable and simply acting as a stepping-stone to Lenin's seizure
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