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Was the downfall of the autocracy inevitable?

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Was the downfall of the autocracy inevitable? On the 15th of March, Nicholas finally agreed to step down as Tsar, and tried to hand the crown over to Alexis before realising he was too ill to govern. Nicholas' brother abdicated after 24 hours for fear he would be just as unpopular, leaving Russia as a republic. The economy had collapsed. It can be argued that it was indeed inevitable, as there was a great need for an industrial revolution and the autocracy was failing to provide one. The first priminister of Russia, Witte, suggested increasing the amount of industry in the country, but was instantaneously sacked because of this suggestion, leaving Russia with it's more communication and therefore poor industry. ...read more.


Because of the lack of industry and money in the country, factories etc were of an appalling standard. The people became more and more displeased with the situation and so went on organised strikes, which eventually leaded to an economic breakdown. In addition, the army were at war at the time of the takeover in 1917 so there was no-one of authority, and the recourses to enforce such authority, left in the country to fight against the striking workers. After Nicholas lost the support of the army, there was no way of keeping the autocracy intact and so, the downfall of it would appear to be inevitable at this point. ...read more.


Furthermore, the country he went back to after the war would have been in better condition if he hadn't left it in the power of his wife Alexandra and his advisor Rasputin as they were obviously oblivious to the current state of affairs at that present moment in time and so, were not doing anything to improve them. In conclusion, if the war hadn't been a factor, and the Tsar had followed the advice of the Duma etc, most workers would have either not felt the need to or would have been too scared to strike, in fear of getting imprisoned or killed. But, since the war was a factor, it was indeed inevitable, as the defences were too weak to keep such a revolution at bay. ...read more.

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