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Was the War or the Period Prior to the War more to Blame for the (Russian) Revolution?

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Was the War or the Period Prior to the War more to Blame for the Revolution? INTRODUCTION The period during the war was more to blame for the Russian Revolution than the period prior to the war for a number for reasons. The war acted as a catalyst for the Revolution. Problems that existed were intensified and others were added. These included short-term triggers, such as the Rasputin and his assignation, suspicions about the German Tsarina, but most importantly, Nicholas II was a useless Tsar. Not only did he lack intelligence, but also he was not forceful enough to maintain order within the Russian Empire. One of the problems during the war was the Tsar. Nicholas was hopeless. Although a loving father, he was a cruel man and always turned to violence against the opposition. He praised regiments that hung people who were out of order. He knew little about the people in his country. Then Tsar took over the running of the war and went to the war front, which was a huge mistake. ...read more.


Coal was not getting to the city because the railway had collapsed so the coal could not get to the city. The coal and industrial materials were short too so a lot of factories had to close down, meaning unemployment rates went up. The lack of coal meant that people were cold and hungry. Another reason to blame the war for the revolution was Rasputin. He played a big part of the causes of the revolution. The people of Russia didn't like him and more importantly didn't trust him. Rasputin was a peasant from Siberia. He came to Russia and soon made friends with the royal family. The Tsar and Tsarina believed that he healed their son. Soon, Rasputin was more important to the Tsar than the nobles and they became very jealous. This lowered the reputation of the Royal family. Prince Yusupov, a relation of the Tsar, didn't like Rasputin and wanted to get rid of him because of the damage he was doing. ...read more.


They were extremely rich with many houses. This was one of the first reasons why the revolution broke out. Another problem was economic problems in Russia. The government made matters worse. They borrowed money off other countries to try and improve the backward agricultural country. To pay off this debt, they had to raise taxes. This caused strikes within the workers because their wages were low. The government's only solution to this was to crush any disturbance. The Russo-Japanese war didn't help matters. At first the Tsar thought it was a good way for the government to get a better reputation but things didn't go so well. It was defeat after defeat for Russia. Russia fell deeper and deeper into Crisis and by 1905 a revolution broke out. CONCLUSION I think that the Period during the war was more to blame for the Revolution. The Tsar made big mistakes and the Russian Empire rapidly went into crisis during the war. Although the period prior to the war actually the starting point of the revolution, the war sped it up and intensified the problems that were already there. By Nathalie Verduystert ...read more.

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