How Far Do You Agree That the First World War Was Mainly Responsible for the February Revolution of 1917?

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How far do you agree that the First World War was mainly responsible for the February Revolution of 1917? Some people may argue that World War I was the cause of the February Revolution, however, others may claim that there were many causes for the Revolution, as it was going to happen, regardless, if World War I occurred or not. In 1905, 20% of peasants had ownership of their own land, but by 1915, this had risen to 50%. Also, agriculture production rose from 45.9 million tonnes in 1906 to 61.7 million tonnes in 1913. Russian agriculture was clearly improving. However, these developments were severely disrupted by the First World War. Some historians argued that had war not broken out, Russia could have developed a more stable, loyal and prosperous peasantry. This could suggest that World War I stopped the developments of Russia profoundly, and thus, could be a potential cause of the February Revolution. A lot of workers went on strike for better working conditions, in February 1905, there were 400,000 people striking, however, by the end of 1905, 2.7 million were striking. From 30th September to 20th October, there was a general strike which included the public sector of Russia. This is showing that the February Revolution was inevitable. These strikes may have also occurred because of Bloody Sunday, which could have led to the Revolution. Another contributory factor to the February Revolution could have been the Russo Japanese War, this important event undermined the Tsar’s power; Firstly, Russia suffered a great of humiliation when the Japanese forces defeated the Russian army is Manchuria, followed by Russia being defeated at the Battle of Tsushima; these were two big humiliating wars that Russia lost. The war had an enormous effect impact on Russia. There were many failures, however, there weren’t many successes, except, in 1914, Russia beat
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