How Far Was the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 Responsible for the Outbreak of the 1905 Revolution? (Start)

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The Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905 was partly responsible for the outbreak of the 1905 revolution because the people of Russia wanted the war to come to an end as it was putting a massive strain on the Russian economy, such as the massive Russian navy that was built, only to be sank 8 months later by the Japanese. This was a good reason for the people of Russia to want the end of the Russo-Japanese war. The Russo-Japanese war happened because Russia and Japan wanted control over the north of China and Korea. Although the Russians saw themselves as a far superior military power than Japan, they suffered a humiliating defeat. In January 1905 Russia was forced to surrender their Port Arthur naval base in the north of China and in the months after the Japanese army defeated the Russian army in Manchuria. These defeats massively undermined the support for the Tsar and his regime. A series of further defeats in late 1905 made the Tsar and his regime even more unpopular the made him look even weaker and gave a large encouragement to the revolutionaries. Although the Russo-Japanese war was a main factor to the outbreak of the 1905 revolution it was not the factor that kicked it off, if you like. It was certainly a factor that accelerated the revolution. It did not start the revolution because the war was still going on when the revolution started. In my opinion I think that the factor that started the revolution was Bloody Sunday. I believe this because Bloody Sunday was a display to the people of Russia that the Tsar “Did not care about the people”. Bloody Sunday was, in my opinion the main reason why the revolution of 1905
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