‘the 1905 Revolution Changed Little for the Tsar or the Russian People’ – How Far Do You Agree with This Statement?

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‘The 1905 revolution changed little for the Tsar or the Russian people’ – How far do you agree with this statement? The Revolution of 1905 was the first time the Tsar had faced open opposition from so many groups in Russian society at the same time. It involved peasant disturbances, strikes, naval mutinies, nationalist uprisings and assassinations. This essay aims to examine how significant the 1905 revolution was in bringing reform to the Tsar and the Russian public. In January 1905, there was a revolutionary tide in Russia. This was mainly caused by the defeat of the Russo-Japanese War in September and the Bloody Sunday Incident in January. In the country, workers, peasants and merchants were holding demonstrations in order to express their discontent to the Tsarist government. Although Nicholas II issued the October Manifesto to pacify the discontent of people temporarily, he still had to face some problems after the 1905 Revolution. To regain the support from people, he needed to carry out the reforms in the October Manifesto. His improvements included different aspects, such as political, social and economic approaches. However these were expedients rather than real reforms. He also appointed Peter Stolypin as the prime minister to stabilize the country. Nicholas II had tried his best to regain people’s support and stop the revolution tide through the reforms after the 1905 Revolution. After the 1905 Revolution, the Tsar still had to face the above problems. In order to prolong his rule, he was forced to reform Russia. At first, he agreed to set up parliament, Duma. It made Russia became a constitution country like Britain. Between the periods from 1906 to 1917, there were four Dumas in Russia. However, people were still discontent with the government. It’s because the Tsar was not sincere in sharing power with people. The Tsar had dissolved the First and
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