How Far Was the First World War Essentially Responsible for the Fall of the Romanovs in 1917?

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This essay strongly believes that the First World War was largely responsible for the fall of the Romanovs in 1917. This is because of food shortages, reliance on financial aid from Britain and France, the military, and the rise of independent groups. However it can be argued factors such as food shortages, and lack of work would have been caused by the rapid population growth within Russia at the time. Despite this, this essay contends the First World War to a large extent was essentially responsible for the fall of the Romanovs in 1917. Firstly the Russian empire’s economy was largely focused on agriculture; which was also essential for feeding their vast empire. At the start of the First World War agricultural workers and horses were drafted to the army causing a reduction in food production. This meant contentment on the home front was low as there weren’t enough people to do the work and people weren’t getting enough food; this is a direct cause of the war and is a prime example of how the First World War was responsible for the fall of the Romanovs. Combined with the lack of workers was the army takeover of the railway, this meant that there were further food shortages in towns and cities as there was very poor internal communication; the lack of workers caused by the war affected the people’s faith in the Czar and the war and contributed to the eventual downfall of the Czarist regime. To add to this rationing was introduced and each person was entitled to 50 grams of bread a day. This meant that the Russian people were frustrated and took part in a number of protests, and strikes. It could be argued that the lack of food was caused by the war, and so contributed to the fall of the Romanovs; however Russia at the time had a rapidly growing population which would’ve stretched the country’s resources anyway. Secondly the Russian economy was decimated due to the
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