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Why was there a revolution in February 1917?

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'Why was there a revolution in February 1917?' Why is it so important for all Russia? Why was this fact taken place, exactly? The answers and of course the arguments I will be trying to present and explain in the easiest way. A lot of strikes, demonstrations and really bad situation had to bring down, which in consequence would be a fair play for peoples' fight. At the start 1917, a turning point in Russian history, the country was ripe for revolution - and, indeed, this year saw two distinct ones: the first, known as the February Revolution (I want to describe some points of that), growling rapidly, creating expanded social opportunities but also great uncertainty. The revolution was a series of economic and social problems in Russia. It is included first the overthrow of the tsarist autocracy, and then the overthrow of the liberal and moderate - socialist Provisional Government. ...read more.


The people of Russia resented the autocracy of Nicholas II and the corrupt and anachronistic elements in his government. Tsarist Russia stood well behind the rest of Europe - industry, farming. The results of these points were opportunities for fair advancement on the part of peasants and blue-collar workers. The three sentences were really important for this problem, namely there were inflation (the reason of the weakness of inflation was the heavy cost of war Tsar's government - prices destroyed the power of wages), food shortages (Peasant didn't want to sell their produce as price for goods was being escalated and they hadn't certain to survive for this money. The second reason was a serious breakdown in rail communications - trains and wagons were commandeered by the army and therefore their control was dangerous for profits.) and fuel shortages (Because of winter was freeze and harsh to distribution of food and fuel to the armed forces and the urban population. ...read more.


It was a protest against the severe shortages of bread. The mobs marched through the street, with cries of "Bread!" and "Give us bread!". During the next two days, the strike, encouraged by the efforts of hundreds of rank-and-file socialist activists, spread to factories and shops through the capital. Students, white-collar workers and teachers joined the workers in the streets and at public meetings, whilst, in the Duma, liberal and socialist deputies came to relies a massive problem. The Duma, consisting primarily of the bourgeoise, pressed the Tsar do abdicate in order to avert a revolution. I had become very frustrated and was conscious of the fact that the strikes were on a massive scale. We can see echoes of February 1917 in Russia today. There were people who needed care and all goods to survive. It is normal that human fight with adversities to better social life. Abdication of tsar can't lead to solve problems which were in toxic country. People wanted to have a free country, where can gain a knowledge, make families and earn money legally. ...read more.

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