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1. The situation in Russia before the war in 1914 was not a very good one. It is clear from the source that the years leading up to the war in 1914 were of demonstrations and strikes. The situation before 1914 was that there was an industrial boom in Russia. The total industrial production increased a great deal and so Russia became the fourth largest producer of certain goods. Even though Russia was benefiting from the boom the workers were not benefiting at all from the industrial boom. Even though there were up to date mass production methods the working conditions didn't improve and nor did the wages. The prices for everything had risen so much that the workers could only afford to buy bread that they needed. People of Russia became more and more frustrated at Tsar and the government for not changing and of their work life, i.e. wages and conditions. Strikes increased throughout Russia and in 1912, a very important strike took place in Siberia in the Lena goldfields. The protestors were striking against the demeaning working conditions and the terrible wages and the very long and grueling long hours, which usually lasted for 14 hours. They had a conflict with the Tsar's troops and 170 of the workers were killed and 373 were wounded. ...read more.

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She writes that wherever they went they were met by peasants who wanted to catch a glimpse of the tsar and in some cases peasants waded through water, waist high to see the tsar. This account is not so useful as the tsar's sister who would indeed have a very biased view on her brother I think that the whole family was still being protected from the realities of Russia, by those loyal to the tsar. I believe that they were being na�ve and therefore believed that what they saw was infact peasants who wanted a glimpse of their leader. Instead what I think is that the peasants were either trying to get the tsar to listen to their protest and that was why they were willing to 'wade through waist high water' to go and see him to tell him of their agony. Whereas source E is a very reliable source. It is written by Alexander Guchkov, who was the leader of a party loyal to the tsar and his government. In his account he wrote that 'the actions of the government are making revolution more likely. Day by day, faith in the government is steadily diminishing.' What he basically meant was that if the government carried on with the same attitude then it'll end in a revolution. ...read more.

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Even when the industrial revolution took place and the jobs increased, many were still so poor that they could not afford to buy a lot of bread; they were only able to buy the amount they could survive on. Workers began to get aggravated and began to protest that their hours were too long and their working conditions were terrible and their wages had to increase. More people began to strike and the most important strike that occurred was in the Lena goldfields. The striking workers protested about their wages, hours and conditions. They clashed with the Tsar's troops and over 170 workers were killed and 373 wounded. This had a similar effect as the 1905 strike, which unlocked the gates for worker' protest. I believe that the other factor that shows that there was no support for the tsar is when Russia went to war with Japan. The shameful defeat to a smaller country must have made the Russians very and angry and they must have questioned the tsar's ability to lead and govern their country. In conclusion, there must have been very little support for the tsar before 1914 as it would have taken a few years to get to a stage where the people wanted to overthrow the tsar and cause a revolution. ...read more.

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