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History essay-19th October 2008 What were the causes of the March 1917 Revolution? In this essay, I am going to analyse the different causes that lead up to the March 1917 revolution. I am going to explore the key events that had an impact on the Tsars decisions, and how it affected the country's stature and economic situation. I hope to investigate how all these key features affected the daily lives of the Russians citizens of 1917. There were many long causes that had an impact on the 1917 revolution. To begin with, a problem that even the Tsar could not change was the poor farming land. Having poor farming land meant that when they had bad weather or a bad harvest, the peasants who had to live of the land suffered greatly. What increased the peasant's anger even more was that the tsar did nothing to help. Peasants were also using very traditional farming methods for a long time because of the lack of industrial growth. This meant farming took very long and so less food was produced to support workers elsewhere in the cities. Another long term cause was unfairness of the long-awaited Duma. ...read more.


When the royal family became associates of Rasputin, suspicions arose of their intimate relationship. Of course, the Tsar didn't believe any of the rumours, as he believed Rasputin was a man of God who had amazing healing powers. When Rasputin healed their ill son, his relationship with the family grew ever stronger. However, Nobles thought his role was too influential and they referred to his as the root of all evil. The Tsar made many mistakes leading up to the revolution. His first big mistake was going to war. People got the impression that he was abandoning their country. His second mistake was leaving Tsarina and Rasputin in charge. Russians thought that Tsarina was a spy from Germany, because of her German background, and were outraged that such a man as Rasputin could have an influence on the countries decisions. Not only that but having the Tsar in war meant they had someone to blame or all the armies mistakes. He was criticised repeatedly for poor performances on the battle ground while people in his home country were starving. The third mistake he made was not following Rodzianko's advice to return to Russia. Instead, he decided to ignore the warning and continue in battle. ...read more.


This meant prices were always high for necessities. The Dumas' role was never large enough to make a positive impact on peasant's lives, and so peasants continued to feel unheard. The Tsar refused to listen to their requests, which lead to the first revolutionary ideas, because peasants wanted to make a difference by themselves. The Tsar overall made many mistakes, which could have been resolved if he had followed advice from the people who really understood what was going on in Russia. The war and the Tsar's decision to join the war-front, in my opinion was what finally triggered the revolution. It had such a economic setback for Russia as it deprived it's cities from food and equipment needed. The country was left in the hands of Rasputin and the Tsarina of whom both were already hated by Russian civilians. However, I still believe that even if Russia had not gone to war there would have been a revolution later on in Russia, because there were so many different issues that had not been resolved for example, royalty were not taking into account the peasants struggles and issues. Later on in history, there would have inevitably been another spark, which would have set of a revolution concerning the same problems, if not more, than the March 1917 revolution. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Rachel Frith 10DWS ...read more.

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