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The February Revolution 1917.

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The February Revolution 1917 From Source A I can learn that events in Petrograd in early 1917 were in a daunting state. It says the workers were on the "verge of despair" meaning that they were at boiling point and one; bad move by the Tsar would cause a massive eruption of angry protestors to start rebelling. People can't stand any of this nonsense any more. The Tsar had pushed everyone too much. This leaves the military men to have no other choice, but to join the protestors. This suggests that the Tsar's abdication is going to happen imminently. From this source we should think this information is accurate because it was written at the time of the event, also this is a non-biased source From sources B+C, I can see that there is a degree of support but they do this in different ways. Source B shows support for source A where it says "Now everything depends on the behaviour of the military units; if they do not join the working class, the movement will quickly subside" this linked in source B as the army general stops and tell the lady off for stealing bread, because he has not joined, the crowd smash his car up. ...read more.

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because he is one of the people. Him and the protestors wanted rid of the Tsar and they wanted imminent change. Some suggestions are that they would rather have a democracy, a constitutional monarchy like Britain so that they could have better ruling; however some protestors wanted a complete change and a new system of ruling. But the Tsar was poised to hold onto his autocratic power. On the other hand Source F by the Tsarina portrays a very different, understanding of the situation. She calls all these violent, angry, and uncontrollable riots a simple 'hooligan movement' this being for a variety of different reasons. Two of the main reason being firstly the Tsar, to reassure him that everything is calm and that there is no serious danger and secondly, unlike Trotsky she did not understand or know the true feelings of the people. Further to this in addition, she wanted to create (or the Tsar to believe) that the real culprits for all these strikes & protests are the Duma. There is a suggestion of proof where she states "But this will all pass and become calm if only the Duma will behave" It was clear from my own knowledge that the situation in Petrograd was out of hand. ...read more.

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However it shows a strong support of the Tsar listening to the Tsarina. Another source which shows he does not listen to his advisors is Source A. The member of the Okhrana describes the workers on being "on the verge of despair" and that there are uncontrollable riots. The member makes very serious points but does the tsar listen no! Instead he listens to The Tsarina who is the worst person possible to give advice. Sources C, D and E all show support of growing unrest. My personal opinion is that Source D shows the best growing unrest fact as it is a table showing the rapid increase of protestors over a week which shows the seriousness of the situation we can then tell that Source F is biased as the tsarina says its "simply young people running and shouting about" Now I think that 350,000 isn't just a couple of young people. Source E does show a good understanding of the situation but it is exaggerated massively. So after analysing all the sources and using my own knowledge I can conclude to the fact that Tsarism did collapse because the Tsar was weak, and who did not listen to his advisors. But not listening to his advisors is not the only weakness he had as they're many others, stated previously in the essay. ...read more.

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