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"There was widespread support for the Tsar before 1914"

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Amy Wong Form: 10.1 "There was widespread support for the Tsar before 1914" There is plenty of evidence to suggest that there wasn't a widespread support for the Tsar before 1914. I think the statement is false because nearly all of the sources and information that I have encountered are unsupportive towards the Tsar. The reasons for this include the fact that Tsar Nicholas was out of touch, he didn't listen to his people, he relied on the army a great deal and he left living and working conditions poor for the unwealthy population of the country. From source B, we can see that the Tsar was out of touch and unsympathetic towards the public demands. We can see this because whenever a problem would arise from the people of Russia, Tsar Nicholas would ignore them and he simply would not care. Source B shows the number of factory strikes and strikers in Russia 1905-14 and it shows a huge number of strikers throughout the years in which Tsar Nicholas ruled. ...read more.

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Another reason why there was not a widespread support for the Tsar is because he relied on the Army to carry out orders a great deal. Whenever there was a problem, he sent out the army to kill people or damage their properties. This of course was not the correct way to deal with the situation. A great example of this is the event of 'Bloody Sunday'. Five hundred marchers were killed and thousands more were wounded when they went to show Tsar Nicholas a petition about living and working conditions. This convinced many people that the Tsars were appalling leaders and more people wanted to start a revolution as said in source E. Source E also shows that even the Duma was not happy with the Tsar and his government. The leader of the Octobrists, who was supposed to support the Tsar, wrote the source; but they were angry because the Tsar was not giving them enough power. ...read more.

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Most people were probably just celebrating the fact that they had a day off, not because it was supposed to be celebrating the Tsars. Following on from that is source F, which is a photograph showing townspeople and peasants supposedly waiting to see the Tsar in Kostroma in 1913. Although that is stated, the people in the photo could actually have been taken at another event, celebrating or waiting for something else. There is not much evidence prove it is a photograph is of people waiting to see the Tsar. In conclusion to all of this, it can be argued that there was and wasn't a widespread support for the Tsar. Although most of the sources showed a negative support for the Tsar, for example in sources A, B C and E, a couple of the sources did show some support; that in sources D and F, and as the majority of the sources were indeed against the Tsars, I choose to believe that there wasn't a widespread support for the Tsars, only a small population of Russia did support the Tsars before 1914. ...read more.

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