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The March Revolution 1917

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The March Revolution 1917 1a) The conditions are so bad in Petrograd because peasants who used to work on the farms were forced to move into the towns to work in the factories to help in the producing of guns and uniforms for the soldiers. This caused several problems; because all the people who worked on the farms were forced to move into the city there was a food shortage because there weren't enough people to tend the land and the food that was being made was being sent off to the army so there was a near on famine. The second problem was that there were not enough housing for all the people that had suddenly moved into the towns so they often slept in the streets. Another problem was that the workers tended not to be all to good at working in the factories so they made little difference to the Russian army. Also their wages had gone up by 100%, which at first sights is good. However, the prices of food had gone up by 500%. Basically real wages declined. Transportation of food was also another reason for food shortage. These again were used to carry the Russian army and supplies to their home front. ...read more.

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In Source B (the letter between the Tsar and the Tsarina) the Tsarina says, "Young people run around and shout that there is no bread simply to create excitement." However source C shows a mass of people in there thousands gathering in a protest for more food. This shows that it wasn't just a bunch of kids that are doing it for excitement it was a serious issue, which needed to be tackled. 4) The army played such an important role in the abdication of the Tsar. Every country needs an army, why? So as to protect the country. If the army decides to turn against you then you have got a big problem. This is what happened to the Tsar while he was out commanding his army people started protesting against the bad conditions in which they all lived in. The big thing was that the army started mutinying against there leading generals. The Navy over took over a ship called the Potemkin. This gave them a big boost. It showed them that if they put there heads together they would be more powerful than the actual generals. Having heard finally of all the riots which were happening in Petrograd he decided to head home. ...read more.

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So what eventually happened was that many people went into the war without a gun or uniform and sometimes without boots. They were just a bunch of targets for the enemy. Also a lot of the conscripts were farmers so there was a shortage of food not helped by the fact that if the farmers didn't join the army they were often sent to the towns to work on the unfamiliar machines and live in appalling conditions. The Tsar disappointed decided that if he wanted something done he would have to do it himself. So he took over the Russian army. This was a bad mistake because before the people could blame it on the generals however know there Tsar was in charge he would get blamed for all the defeats. So in a way I could see how this was accurate because he made many problems for himself by joining in the war. The massive numbers of lives lost was catastrophic which dampened spirits a lot. I can see how both of these are accurate because the Tsar had a lot of problems with how to control the country and felt he had divine right. I can also see how joining the war in no way increased his popularity. I feel that the War was what finally set of the revolution and that the second quote is slightly more accurate. ...read more.

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