How Far Was the Provisional Government Responsible for It's Own Downfall?

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How far was the Provisional Government responsible for its own downfall? The Provisional Government was put in power as a temporary measure after the February Revolution of 1917, in which the Tsar abdicated his throne on behalf of himself and his son. However, the Government only lasted until October of the same year, where the Bolsheviks overthrew them. Their downfall was due to several factors, some of which the Provisional Government themselves were principally responsible for. Firstly, the most pivotal factor that led to the Provisional Government being ousted from power was the fact that, against the masses wishes, they did not withdraw from World War I. It was one of the main causes for their revolution against the Tsarist regime in February, yet the Provisional Government couldn’t withdraw due to the fact that they felt obliged to continue their war effort and help the Allied forces beat the likes of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Leaders such as Kerensky even assumed the masses shared their enthusiasm for a “vigorous, new war effort” against Germany, and so they organised the June Offensive. However, this battle proved to be a major disaster, leading to many soldiers deserting their posts, voicing their discontent with the government and some mutinying by firing upon their own officers. With the Army beginning to collapse, it was obvious that, unless the Provisional Government withdrew from the First World War immediately, a second revolution would occur and remove them from power. However, the fact that the Petrograd Soviet announced in March 1917 that Russia should end it’s involvement in the War by making peace without “annexations or indemnities”- a phrase which means without forcing Russia to give concessions to Germany and the Central Powers in the way of land or money, showed that Petrograd Soviet was clearly more in tune with the demands of
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