Effect Of Bloody Sunday On The 1905 Revolution?

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What effect did Bloody Sunday have on the1905 revolution? On January 22nd, 1905, hundreds of peaceful peasant protesters, led by a man named Father Gapon walked through the streets of Russia towards the Tsar with the intent of handing him a petition. This petition suggested reforms that they had worked out, hoping the Tsar would take them to mind and act upon them accordingly. They were gunned down by the imperial guard, upon the Tsars order. For many, this was considered to be the final straw before the first revolution of 1905. They felt as though the Tsar, often considered to be their “little father”, and protector, had abandoned his people and been indifferent towards the losses of their lives. The peasants had only been marching, in peace, when the order came to gun them down, something that was obviously considered an unnaturally harsh attack. However, there were many other things that contributed towards the fire that sparked the 1905 revolution. There were still a lot of long term effects that were causing ill feeling towards the Tsar before Bloody Sunday even took place. The peasants were still feeling disappointed in the Tsar after the devastating impact of the famine across Russia during 1891, in which the government had, if anything, exacerbated the situation by continuing to force peasants to export the food they had, and leave themselves to starve. Once more, Nicholas the second had let them down, when he was supposed to be their protector. This is when people first began seriously having their doubts about the Tsar and his total authority. One of the other key long term causes was the industrial recession that was taking place after the “great spurt” within Russia. The determination of the government to industrialise Russia had come at a huge cost. The upper classes were furious about the fact that Russia was barely surviving on loans from
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