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Was the Russian Revolution due more to tsars inadequacy as a ruler of the people or the political ideas of radical groups becoming more appealing to the people?

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"Was the Russian Revolution due more to tsar's inadequacy as a ruler of the people or the political ideas of radical groups becoming more appealing to the people?" Thu Nhi Le Klein Oak High School Candidate Number: Word Count: 1915 Table of Contents A. Plan of Investigation.............................................Page 3 B. Summary of Evidence............................................Page 3 C. Evaluation of sources.............................................Page 5 D. Analysis............................................................Page 6 E. Conclusion..........................................................Page 6 F. List of Sources..................................................... Page 7 "Was the Russian Revolution due more to the tsar's inadequacy as a ruler of the people or the political ideas of radical groups becoming more appealing to the people?" A. Plan of Investigation Russia was in turmoil by the early 20th century from World War I, inflation, and shortages of food. A revolution ensued due to these issues. Many people attributed much of the blame to Nicholas II, the czar of Russia of that time period. At the same time, radical groups such as the Social Democrats and Social Revolutionaries attracted popular support of the people that added fuel to the fire of starting a revolution. The aim of this investigation is to find if Nicholas's inadequacy of ruling was the main cause of the Russian Revolution and the factors that support this statement; or if the growing political ideas of radical factions influenced citizens' beliefs. The investigation will cover the different causes of the revolution and what aspects influenced the start of the revolution more. ...read more.

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He also served as President Reagan's National Security Council adviser on Soviet and East European affairs in 1981-82, and he has twice received a Guggenheim fellowship.15 This shows that he is very knowledgeable about topics on Russia. A limitation would be that he is biased because Pipes had consistently labeled the Soviets an aggressive imperialistic power bent on world domination. The New York Times states that the book is "A deep and eloquent condemnation of the revolution and its aftermath." This proves that the author does indeed have a bias with his diction. The book, A History of Russia, by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, was published in 1984. The purpose of the book is to provide information on the five periods of Russia: Kievan, Appanage, Muscovite, Imperial, and Soviet Russia. The value of the book is that the author is a Professor of European History at the University of California- Berkley since 1957. This shows that he is well educated in Russian History. He has also worked in several West European and Soviet centers of Slavic studies, including the Russian cities of Moscow and Leningrad. This shows that he not only has an American view of issues, but also a Russian one, which could help him be less biased in his book. Another value would be that although he states his own position on points of contention, he also presents the information in contrasting viewpoints which enables the readers to form their own judgment. ...read more.

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Print. 1 Nicholas Riasanovsky, A History of Russia Fourth Edition, (New York: Oxford Press, 1984), 402. 2 Chung, < http://www.thecorner.org/hist/russia/revo1905.htm> 3 Nicholas Riasanovsky, A History of Russia Fourth Edition, (New York: Oxford Press, 1984), 421. 4 Richard Pipes, A Concise History of the Russian Revolution, (New York: Knopf, 1995), 68-69. 5 Rosenberg, < http://history1900s.about.com/od/famouscrimesscandals/a/rasputin.htm> 6 Richard Pipes, A Concise History of the Russian Revolution, (New York: Knopf, 1995), 73. 7 Nicholas Riasanovsky, A History of Russia Fourth Edition, (New York: Oxford Press, 1984), 430. 8 Michael Gibson, The Communist Bloc, (England: Wayland, 1979), 12. 9 Stewart Ross, The Russian Revolution, (New York: The Bookwright Press, 1989), 32. 10 John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World, (New York: Lawrence Wishard, 1934) 11 Chung, < http://www.thecorner.org/hist/russia/revo1905.htm> 12 Woodford McClellan, Russia A History of the Soviet Period Second Edition, (New Jersey:Prentice Hall, 1990), 8. 13 Woodford McClellan, Russia A History of the Soviet Period Second Edition, (New Jersey:Prentice Hall, 1990), 8. 14 Woodford McClellan, Russia A History of the Soviet Period Second Edition, (New Jersey:Prentice Hall, 1990), 9. 15 Richard Pipes, A Concise History of the Russian Revolution, (New York: Knopf, 1995), title. 16 Rex Wade, The Bolshevik Revolution and Russian Civil War, (Wesport: Greenword Press, 2001), 129. 17 Rex Wade, The Bolshevik Revolution and Russian Civil War, (Wesport: Greenword Press, 2001), 130. 18 Richard Pipes, A Concise History of the Russian Revolution, (New York: Knopf, 1995), 77. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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