Russian Revolution Essay

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To what extent was the February Revolution inevitable? The Duma had but no choice to ask Tsar Nicholas II to renounce his title as the Emperor of Russia and set up a provisional government. His decision to take part in World War one was one which angered the citizens of Russia. There would have been efforts to overthrow the Tsarist regime had the Duma not done so. However, one must ask the question- would the February Revolution have taken place if there had been no World War One or if Russia had not participated in it? The answer is not so simple but yet it can be said that the war was not inevitable for the purposes of argument. The reasons which prove this point are the formation of a Duma and the survival of Tsarism. However, it is true that the peasants had been unhappy about the shortage of land. There were many instances of the factory workers protesting against their working conditions as well. It also appears that Russia’s loss in the Russo-Japanese war had humiliated the people and made them lose faith in the Tsarist government. The Russians had made the mistake of stereotyping the Japanese, believing them to be weak and primitive creatures living in a small country nearby. They headed to Japan in their ships only to be defeated by the Japanese quite easily. This only infuriated the people and made them question the effectiveness of a Tsar. Yet, there were no revolutionaries who decided to overthrow the government. Though there was unhappiness, it does not equal a revolution. Therefore, the Russo-Japanese War most certainly did not give birth to any revolutionaries. The formation of a Duma was a step in the right direction and subdued the possibility of future revolutionaries. It was a provisional government which allowed the people to voice their opinions and grievances. Many may say that the Duma was the puppet of the Tsar and all decisions made

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