The Russian Revolution Essay

2566 WordsAug 7, 201211 Pages
"The Russian Revolution" is well-known to many people. But how many of you know there were actually 2 revolutions? Not many. "2 revolutions???" you may ask. Yes, there were indeed two revolutions. For simplicity's sake we shall call the first one the Russian Revolution and the second the Bolshevik Revolution. The Russian Revolution occurred in February of 1917 while the Bolshevik Revolution occurred just 8 months after, in October. To be able to analyze these two revolutions we must understand the causes of these revolutions first. Causes of the Russian Revolution Dissatisfaction with Existing Conditions As mentioned in the previous page, the conditions in Russia were not optimistic. Not only was food scarce, the people were forced to pay heavy taxes and the gap between the peasants and the nobles was widening every day. Some people were also dissatisfied with the Tsar's autocratic rule and wanted him out to be replaced with a more democratic rule. There were some who felt that other powers were progressing faster than they were and that the Tsar should adopt some of their thinking. And of course, there were the communists, like the two groups, the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. Russia's defeat in the Russo-Japanese War Russia took on Japan in 1904, when Japan competed with them for Manchuria and Korea. The Russians were optimistic; as they were sure their vast superiority of numbers would easily defeat the tiny Japan. But this was not to be. Japan, with their advanced technology destroyed the Russian Army, armed with their "primitive" weapons as compared to the Asians. This defeat was a great humiliation for Russia. The people lost confidence in the Tsar and the military. Russia, all along priding itself on military excellence, suddenly defeated by Japan...how would that reflect on the people? Bloody Sunday No doubt some of you would have heard

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