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Why Did The 'February Revolution' Of 1917 Happen?

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Why Did The 'February Revolution' Of 1917 Happen? There were several reasons for the February Revolution of 1917, which saw the overthrow of Nicholas the second and the end to the rule of Russia by the Tsars. I will first of all deal with the long-term reasons and then the short-term reasons. The war was a disaster for the Russian army, as they lost 100's of thousand men and Russia was being forced back into their own country and Germany and Austria-Hungary took 13 % of the Russian empire's population. The reason why the war was an overall failure was that the generals were careless because they behaved as if it were a race to get to Berlin first and did not work as a team. The Russian army was poorly trained and equipped. ...read more.

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During the war he influenced tsarina in important decisions, when Nicholas thought it was a bad idea to make Protopopov a minister of the interior, Rasputin managed to persuade Tsarina into doing what he wanted done. Here are some of the short term reasons: The cold weather could have been linked to the revolution because the average winter temperature of Petrograd between January and March 1917 was -12 C while -4.4 C the year before. To defend the Petrograd and protect the tsarina, 340,000 soldiers were stationed in overcrowded barracks around the city. The terrible weather lead to railways carrying fuel and supplies to be cancelled. The rationing of food was introduced and people had waited for several of hours in queues were told bread had sold out. Factories were also closed down. ...read more.

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I have chosen this reason because of the effects of the First World War because it made living conditions worse which made the people force the Tsar to abdicate which gave the provisional government which made people revolt against it. If I had to choose on then it would be the effects of the First World War because this made the working and living conditions worse which made the people force the Tsar to abdicate which gave the provisional government which made the people revolt against it. Also indirectly if there had been no war then perhaps Lenin would not have got back into Russia because the only reason that the Germans helped him get back was because they correctly thought he would create havoc in Russia and thus make Russia to surrender to Germany. ...read more.

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