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Was the collapse of the provisional government inevitable

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Was the collapse of the provisional government inevitable? By definition, a provisional government is an emergency or interim government set up when a political void has been created by the collapse of a previous administration or regime. A provisional government holds power until elections can be held or a permanent government can otherwise be established. Provisional governments often occur as the result of a revolution or in wartime when an occupied nation or territory has been liberated or when a government has been deposed by an invading army. In this case as a result of revolution and with abdication of Tsar in Feb 1917, the provisional government consisting mainly of liberals from the old Duma was set up. Until a new elected government- the constituent assembly was set up, they were to keep the country running. Alexander Kerensky, a member of the social revolutionaries became the Prime Minister after Lvov resigned. Yes, I agree that the collapse of the provisional government was inevitable to a larger extent than to it being evitable The provisional government also had one major disadvantage: its leaders - especially Kerensky - were associated with the middle class. ...read more.

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The irony part is that the revolution, made partly based on dissatisfaction with the war, led to the election of socialist partied that tried to turn political power over to Russia's landlords and capitalists who continued the war as if no revolution had happened. In fact, the latter initially believed that the revolution might restore the faith of the masses in the war effort and lead the troops to fight hard for their newly won "freedom." Far from making the war more efficient, the February revolution ushered in a period of intense class conflict which fatally undermined the army's discipline and cohesiveness. The army, made up of predominantly peasant conscripts, increasingly came into conflict with the officer corps, drawn heavily from the families of landlords and nobles. The struggle in the countryside between the peasants and landlords infected the army, as both officers and soldiers heard news from home about forcible land redistribution, and even more directly when the military was called on to repress the peasant movement in the countryside. When they 'gave up' on the war, not only did the Russians feel sad, they felt that they had 'lost face' as well. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though most of the reasons why the provisional government collapse could have been solved if the leaders had been more observant and alerted earlier but if they were not so, as proven in the case here, the collapse of the provisional government was inevitable as they could not always satisfy everyone even if they had though through, thus inevitable, nor have everyone's support because of that. If they lost support through a wrong move (which could have been avoided) or they could have tried to have a strong relationship with the people, thus not losing support under any circumstances, the collapse would have been evitable although it would have taken a lot of speculation and planning in front of time, which was quite impossible so I think that the collapse of the provisional government is inevitable to a larger extent than it being evitable. A provisional government holds power until elections can be held or a permanent government can otherwise be established so it will have to 'retire' sooner or later, thus showing its inevitable in this case that it has to 'collapse' no matter what happens. Done by Anthea (2006) ...read more.

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