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'The First World War was the most important cause of the Russian Revolution.' How true is the claim?

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GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941

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14) 'The First World War was the most important cause of the Russian Revolution.' How true is the claim? (GCE June 2003)

With regard to the question, there are two schools of thought that we ought to consider. The first being the pessimist school of thought, which states that World War I (WWI) was a catalyst that sped up the failure of the Tsarist regime, and the second being the optimist school of thought, which is in line with the liberal school of thought, stating that the Tsarist regime would have survived if not for WWI. However, I would agree with the pessimist school of thought, and believe that while WWI was not the most important cause of the Russian Revolution, it was certainly one of the most crucial causes as it was the catalyst that accelerated the process of the failure of the Tsarist regime.

Together with WWI came many adverse effects economically and militarily; WWI also caused the loss of prestige of the Tsarist government, proving that the autocratic ruler of Russia was indeed an incompetent Tsar. All of this together with the previous inabilities of the Tsarist government such as the lack

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