How far was the Russo-Japanese war responsible for the 1905 revolution

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How far was the Russo-Japanese war responsible for the 1905 revolution?

1905 saw the Tsar at war with his own nation for the first time considerably in many years. Displays of protests, strike and demonstrations were a common visual throughout cities in Russia such as Moscow and St Petersburg and a significant event of which was Bloody Sunday. Arguably, the Russo-Japanese war was extremely responsible for the 1905 revolution to an extent as it was the main factor contributing towards it, however there are other contributing factors causing an atmosphere that lay the foundation towards this “failed” revolution.

The personal weakness of Nicholas II caused an atmosphere of rebel contributing to the 1905 revolution as his personality did not suite the role of the Tsar; this is as the role of the tsar relied on a strong personality which he did not possess. Nicholas was unprepared to become Tsar – he was deficient in essential qualities to uphold the position of absolute power to uphold absolute power. He lacked all sense of purpose; he did not resemble the characteristics of the Tsar to carry out the will of the tasks of monarchy and the business of running a state. Nicholas’ adviser was more confident than he was; furthermore he was easily influenced by the 10 member of his ministerial council showing that he shied away from responsibility. All of this contributed to a rebellion atmosphere as opposition such as the Liberals did not think it was right to have a Tsar who could not even maintain ultimate power which essentially defeats the point of the tsar. institutional government. He denied basic freedom such as free press , freedom to form national parties , no concessions to nationalities any protests were repressed.

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The idea of a tsarist reign itself caused a atmosphere for a revolution as Russian civilisation thought that the governing by a Tsar was backwards and did not fit with the developing country. This also contributed to a atmosphere for revolution as they felt the tsar was not aiding Russia through development and therefore felt a revolution may be the cause for the development Russian citizens longed for.


Peasants and owners of Emancipation Edict of 1861 was a big social and economic cause of the 1905 revolution.These arrangements proved very unsatisfactory to the peasants. The share of the village land ...

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