Did the Russians revolutions improve the lives of ordinary Russians, 1914-1924?

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Heather Bibby

Did the Russians revolutions improve the lives of ordinary Russians, 1914-1924?

When Tsar Nicholas II ruled Russia life was quite good the peasants loved the Tsar as ‘their father’. The Romanov dynasty had been going since 1613 and the celebration of the 300th year ruling, which gave the Tsar popularity. The powerful church even supported the Romanov, which made them even more popular. Both the government and the army where ruled by nobles. There was a secret police and there was a press censorship. Russia had lost the war with Japan in 1904. Most of the population where peasants so that means that most of the population supported the Tsar. The peasants where controlled by nobles. In Russia there where three classes these where the upper class, the middle class or the Bourgeoisie and the lower class or the Proletariats. Russia was just starting to become industrialised and the town and factories where starting to grow up. But they lived in poor conditions and there was workers poverty. The middle class, were beginning to want a say in the way the country was ruled. After Bloody Sunday a Duma was introduce. A Duma was someone who helped the Tsar rule. These Dumas where often ineffective because if the Tsar did not like what they where saying then he would simply get a different one. Nicholas tried to run the country by himself but with a population of 125 million people all speaking different language and with different religions it was an impossible job this made him a weak Tsar. In 1914 Russia joined World War One. The Russian army was badly led and poorly equipped. Russia lost many men in the war. The war caused over 15 million men from their farms so they could not produce crops. This caused food shortages this caused food prices to raise. Food shortages got worse and there was famine in the cities.

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The conditions where terrible it was cold, there was a lack of proper clothing, shortages of food and weapons. These terrible conditions in 1917 caused Russia to have to withdraw from World War one. They signed a treaty called the treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Meaning that Russia was losing about a quarter of its best farming land among other things. The loss of land was the most important, they lost a part of Russia which had some of the best for farming and coal in Russia. In February/ March in Russia there was a revolution it was spontaneous and a ...

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