How Far Did the Dumas Improve the Political System of Russia in the Period 1906-1914? Essay

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The Dumas were Russia’s first national Parliament consisting of two houses; The Upper House and the Lower House. The first Duma in 1906 proved to be a turning point in the political system of Russia; it was something new where foundations were set for what many hoped to be a better political future for Russia, where political parties such as the Kadets, Labourists would have a political say in the running of the country. However this was hard to achieve with the Tsar still being a strong believer in autocracy, and his influence on the decisions made, thus showing the Dumas not being effective in improving the political system of Russia. On the one hand, it can be seen that the Dumas did improve the political system in Russia during the period of 1906-1914. For a start, the fact that there were such committees and councils called ‘Dumas’ in 1906, such as the First Duma – 27th April 1906, showed that there was significant improvement in the political system in Russia as this had never been done before. By introducing Dumas into the Russian political system, it created a platform of which Russia could build on it for a better political future. By doing so this limited autocracy which had controlled the country since the Tsarist regime had originally started 300 years ago. It also allowed for more political parties to get involved in the running of the Dumas such as the Kadets and Octoberists who were part of the Lower House in the Duma, thus showing that the introduction of the Dumas improved and set up the political system in Russia during the period 1906-1914. Furthermore, the establishment of political parties becoming legal in Russia by 1914 was an improvement in the political system in Russia. This was an improvement, as previously opposition towards the government had been ‘dealt with’ in harsh manner, sometimes resulting in deaths of members of political
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