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Why did the tsar fall from power in 1917?

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Why did the tsar fall from power in 1917? On March 2nd 1917 the Tsar agreed to abdicate, this was the accumulation of a series of factors associated with the Tsarist Russian society. All workers, middle classes, aristocrats and even some of the Tsars oldest and most faithful supporters were starting to resent the system they were under. Famines, inflation, strikes and incisive rumors all took their toll on the populace. The icing on the cake came in the form of the extremist feelings of anger the army felt towards Nicholas I, and their withdrawal of support for him. Here are some of the events that led up to the 1917 revolution in more detail. In August 1915, the Tsar left Petrograd to command the Russian army. He therefore received the blame personally for all their defeats and lost control of his troops as he left Rasputin and the Tsarina to rule Russia. His army also consisted of millions of poor, starving peasants with bad equipment, poor supplies of rifles and ammunition. In 1916, two million soldiers were killed or seriously wounded, and one third of a million taken prisoner and the civilian population were horrified. ...read more.

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They dismissed able ministers, replacing them with hopeless ones and wild rumours began to spread about Tsarina and Rasputin being lovers. The situation was on the verge of breaking point and had almost spelt the end of the Tsarist regime.The tsar might also have come across as a traitor for cavorting with the enemy. Anyone who is thought to have betrayed their own country is not exactly going to be wanted to rule. The Russian economy was also a problem that helped contribute to the Russian revolution. Nearly 90% of people were peasants and most were poverty stricken. They worked with the most basic tools. Half the farming land belonged to 300,000 landowners but the other half was shared with 15 million peasant families. This outraged the people and the economy was in tatters. Industry was also a big failure, there were large numbers of poor landless peasants who worked long hours with low wages and lived in appalling slums. The Tsar did not seem to have any concern for them and seemed to focus on the higher-class people. ...read more.

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Consequently, when these people were being recruited to fight in the war, the unemployment rate in the cities increased and factories were desperate for workers. Wages got lower and lower so the factory owners could afford to employ them and more and more strikes broke out. In December 1916, workers in Petrograd starved due to lack of workers - Russia was in chaos. Not only the soldiers but also the civilian population became angry. The Tsar's fall from power was due to his poor leadership and control of his country. He made many vital mistakes when ruling his country and everyone lost trust in him and stopped supporting him. Strikes had risen to epidemic proportions. Discontented with the war, meager pay and criminal working conditions, and with no Cossacks to stop them this time, Russia began to implode. This is not a picture of fragmented incidents, but a series of closely intertwined factors. All this could have been put to a halt by a competent leader. That was why the tsar abdicated he had lost absolutely everyone's support even the Duma the generals and some of his most loyal supporters. Lorraine Phillips 10H.1 ...read more.

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