Russo-Japanese War Essay

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To what extent did the Russo-Japanese War precipitate revolution in 1905? The Russo-Japanese War lasted from 1904 to 1905, and arose from both Japan and Russia’s desire for expansion. Russia suffered many great defeats in this war, against a nation that was considered inferior and was not one of the Great Powers. This was humiliating for the people of Russia, and caused them to lose confidence in Tsar Nicholas II, as well as causing great military, economic, and political problems for Russia. This therefore caused the Russo-Japanese War to be partly responsible for the outbreak of the 1905 Revolution. Huge military defeats were caused by the Russo-Japanese War, which highlighted the weakness of the military and caused humiliation across the country, therefore contributing to the outbreak of the 1905 Revolution. An example of a defeat was in January 1905 when the army had to surrender their Port Arthur naval base in Northern China, which they had possessed before the start of the war. The crushing of Russian’s military added motivation for the 1905 Revolution, as it made the people of Russia aware of the weakness of their military and ashamed to be Russian. They were losing to a nation very few had heard of and it was humiliating. However, many of the defeats to the Russian military occurred after the Revolution had started, not causing its outbreak, but merely adding to the opposition to autocratic rule by the Tsar and prolonging the Revolution. The Russo-Japanese War also brought about economic problems for Russia, and this therefore meant there was a significant lack of money to solve any of Russia’s other problems, hence contributing to the outbreak of the 1905 Revolution. The war cost an extreme amount of money and as it resulted in failure no money could be gained from the invaded territories. Russia had already had economic problems, and its economy
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