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Why did the Provisional Government fall from Power in November 1917?

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Why did the Provisional Government fall from Power in November 1917? First of all, the reason why the provisional government fell from power in November 1917 was because Kerensky's policies were not popular. This was because of two main issues including war and land. Kerensky believed that the government rejected the idea of peasants owning land in which they worked until there was a firm elected permanent government to decide or judge on that matter. Peasants did not like this and many refused to wait and soon seized the land for themselves. Most importantly was the war. The government had decided to carry on fighting and feared that any peace treaty would end in Russia having harsh conditions imposed on it. This also, was a very unpopular decision with the army and also the people. Due towards this decision, people were suffering from food and fuel shortages and desperately wanted the war to end. ...read more.

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Since the Petrograd Soviet did not encourage the army to fight, there was a further decline in the fighting spirit of the army. So, as the Soviet was more powerful than the Provisional Government, this was another reason of the fall of the Provisional Government in 1917. Thirdly, another reason in which the Provisional Government fell from power in November in 1916 was that Lenin's 'April Theses' gained support. This included the summarized slogans 'Peace, Bread and Land' and 'All Power to the Soviets.' 'Peace, Bread and Land' especially made the popularity of the Bolsheviks as these were the three things that were wanted the most. Peace meant that Lenin would pull Russia out of the war; bread meant that, due to food shortages as the outcome of the war, people would have food to eat and land would be given to the peasants to own and work on. ...read more.

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The last reason for the fall of the Provisional Government in November 1917 was that overall; the Provisional Government was shown to be weak. This is shown when the commander of the Russian army, General Kornilov, tried to seize power and install a military dictatorship in September 1917. However, he had little support and his troops were persuaded not to fire on fellow Russians. This got Kornilov arrested and the rising crumbled. This was another example for the unpopularity of the Provisional Government and was also an issue towards its fall. Overall, I think that the main reason for the fall of the Provisional Government was that because it was unpopular from the very start as it refused to hand over land to the peasants and continued the war which made them blamed for the defeats of the Russian army and meant that the Provisional Government would lose support of many people. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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