Russ-Japanese Wr - 1905 Revolution

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To what extent was the Russo-Japanese war the main reason for the outbreak of the 1905 revolution? I think that the Russo-Japanese war was one of the reasons for the outbreak of the revolution in 1905, however there were three other factors that could have started this revolution. I believe that the most likely reason for the outbreak was the social and economic factors that were happening before the revolution. In January 1905 the Russians were forced to surrender their port Arthur naval base in north China, this would have caused a bit of tension between the tsar and the Russian people as they would not have been happy that they were being humiliated, however I do not think this would have been enough of a reason for the people to stage a revolution. Furthermore, at the battle of Tsushima on 27 May 1905, the Russian Baltic fleet had sailed almost halfway around the world – from Northern Europe to the Far East – only to lose 25 out of its 35 warships in a crushing defeat by the Japanese navy, this would have made Russian citizens unhappy because they would feel that money was wasted on building these ships and people gave their lives in support of the Russian army, when the tsar would have known that they had no chance of winning, again this is a valid reason for a revolution however I do not think it would have been enough to start one. Also the Russian ships were slow and old and they were attacked by the much faster and more manoeuvrable Japanese, we know this now but at the time I think that the tsar would have tried to hide this fact from his people as he may have known that they would start a revolution therefore this reason is probably not the main reason for the outbreak of the 1905 revolution. The people of Russia would not have been happy at the fact that Russia suffered humiliating defeats in a war with Japan because it would make their country would
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