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The problems and fall of the Tsarist Regime in Russia c1900-1917.

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Assignment 1 Objective 1 Theme: The problems and fall of the Tsarist Regime in Russia c1900-1917 C) "The Tsarist regime collapsed in 1917 due to its failure in the First World War". How far do you agree with this statement? (10) It is correct that the Tsarist regime collapsed in 1917 but it wasn't due to the fact of the failure of the First World War. Yes that was a cause to the downfall of the Tsarist regime but there were many other long and short factors, which contributed to this. Even though Russia's industry had increased it put a strain on the country it still lacked economically. As Russia was such a big country it should have been doing much better than it did and this was reflected by smaller countries such as Britain and Germany doing much better than them in industry. All the food went to the front line of the army and so there became a shortage of food for the Russians at home. ...read more.

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The Tsar only had one successful advisor Stolypin but he was assassinated even though the Tsar was going to sack him anyway. Stolypin was very clever so this reflected badly upon the Tsar. The Tsar liked to be surrounded by thick people because he wasn't quite bright himself so this meant he would be seen as superior and intelligent. He didn't run the country very well and only answered very small problems. In 1915 he abandoned the role of running the country and took control of the army. The army had already been doing terribly and the Tsar made a big mistake by controlling the army, this mistake was a big cause to the collapse of the Tsarist Regime as this lead to many other problems. He wasn't an able commander and soon the armies fell apart and were heavily defeated. Being head of the army he was now totally responsible and people therefore blamed him for the armies failure. ...read more.

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In March 1917 the situation had now become desperate and people were very angry. The workers wanted political chances as well as food and fuel. On March the 7th 40,000 workers went on strike for higher wages and the next day was " International Women's day" and thousands of women joined the protests. In the following few days thousands more joined in the protest demanding food, fuel, better conditions and a new parliament. The Tsar wanted the demonstration to be put down by force. But on March 17th many soldiers refused to fire on the crowds and some regiments joined in and shot their officers. People had had enough of the war and the way they were treated. Overall without the war, these things would have carried on getting more and more out of control because the main trigger of the Russian 1917 revolution was the strikes and Nicholas's behaviour. To make a judgment I don't agree that the Tsarist regime collapsed in 1917 due to its failure in the First World War because there were many causes already that were starting to over boil. ...read more.

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