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Was life improving for the Russian people before 1914

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Was life improving for the Russian people before 1914? For The People of Russia, life before 1914 had many ups and many downs. The 1905 revolution began in January as there were over 400,000 workers on strike. Russia was in turmoil and there was little or no control, throughout the rest of the year troubles such as strikes, demonstrations and assassinations were occurring more frequently. The Tsar had suffered from the revolution and uprising of the peasants and workers, therefore at the end of 1905 when the trouble died down he had decided to make some changes. The Tsar appointed a Prime Minister (Peter Stolypin) to deal with controlling the violence. Stolypin had hundreds of people hanged on the spot by new laws and this caused great fear among Russians and made them think twice before opposing the Tsar and life had thus far deteriorated for the majority of Russians. ...read more.

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The Tsar realised that of the two types of people rebelling (the workers and the peasants) they both needed each other to fight against him and stand as a threat. Therefore, he decided to satisfy just one party-the peasants- and thus splitting the rebellion by half as the peasants would be happier and no longer wish to rebel and the workers would be unable to rebel by themselves. He did this along with Stolypin by setting up a peasants' bank to provide a loan for peasants so they could buy strips of land which they owned individually. This would increase agricultural production, keep the peasants happy and no longer wishing to rebel and create a new class of prosperous and wealthier peasants which would in turn be loyal to the government. This worked as there was a record increase in the production of grain in 1913. This can also be looked upon as a negative because the outbreak of war in 1914 stopped all the reforms and the reforms ...read more.

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And to sum it all up in 1912 a strike about declining working conditions in Siberia left 170 killed and 373 wounded. This did however open a gate for more workers protests and a step towards getting their own views through and their own needs across. Overall, some Russians had benefited through the years whereas others had their lives ruin or taken away from them. The situation for most Russians had become worse before it started to get better but if the Russians had not taken those revolutionary steps forward then their situation would have probably declined anyway and at least they opened the doorway for improvements to be made in the future. On the other hand I think that before 1914 the Tsar had dominance over the crisis in Russia and had controlled the riots and the strikes well to suit his needs. And before 1914 life for the average Russia would have been degrading and I think that life wasn't improving although there were some major improvements in some areas the bad things had outweighed the good changes. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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