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"The Provisional Government was overthrown because it decided to continue fighting in World War 1" Do you agree? Give reasons.

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"The Provisional Government was overthrown because it decided to continue fighting in World War 1" Do you agree? Give reasons. The provisional government was established after the March 1917 revolution. From the beginning it faced heavy opposition and was forced to make difficult decisions. The aim of the March revolution was to spread the idea of communism, however the provisional government failed to do this successfully. Peasants wanted more land than they were given, which caused a fall in fuel and food production. At the same time the provisional government had decided to keep participating in the war, but the armies discipline was breaking down. Along with these factors, the provisional government faced harsh opposition from the socialist revolutionists, which included the Bolsheviks who supported the April Theses in support of overthrowing the Provisional Government. ...read more.


People started to demand goods, which cause another outbreak of riots. The provisional government's power was limited as the Petrograd soviet controlled the food supply system. Therefore, the problem got much worse. Throughout the revolution the Russian commitment to the First World War hadn't stopped. The provisional government faced the problem of whether or not to continue fighting or make peace. The government decided to fight in order to honour Russia's commitments to her allies, Britain and France. This cause a failure of the 'June offensive' and further Russian defeats. This caused a collapse in discipline and morale in the army and a rising anger in Russia. This also led to increased popularity to the government's opposition, the Bolsheviks, who demanded peace. The Provisional government were faced with the constant threat of another revolution. ...read more.


Thousands of soldiers deserted the army, many to claim the land which they though rightfully theirs. The Army General Headquarters described the army as an "ill-fed mob of angry men." As a result, the Petrograd Soviet, not the provisional government, controlled the armed forces. Therefore, the provisional government was overthrown because it decided to continue fighting in the First World War. However, it is evident that this was not the only reason. The Provisional government had failed to keep its promise of communism. The land had not been distributed evenly, so the peasants had rebelled slowing the production of food and fuel. This meant the army was ill fed which led to discontent. The rising power of opposition groups such as the Bolsheviks meant the workers, soldiers, and peasants could find a way out. As a result, the Provisional Government lost support of the majority of powerful parties in Russia, and it seemed now was the perfect time for a revolution. Joanna Dias ...read more.

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