The Tsarist Government and Wwi: the Origin of the March Revolution of 1917

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The way in which the Tsarist government operated Russia during 1914-1917 is the major cause of the March Revolution of 1917. The Tsar’s decisions, the steadily declining economy, the negative impact of war on society, the unprepared military and the failures of the government leading up to the revolution are the five major aspects that led to the March Revolution. Russia joined the war with a sense of enthusiasm and excitement, but by 1917, the whole country was against the war and wanted nothing more than to get out of it, start rebuilding the country again and look towards a new brighter future. Once the Tsar was abdicated, the ball had started rolling and would not come to a halt until it was surrounded with a blanket of peace. One major aspect that contributed to the Tsarist governments path towards the March Revolution is the decisions that we made by Tsar Nicholas II during WWI. The decisions that Tsar Nicholas II made during WWI made a huge impact towards the March Revolution. His distance as a leader is one trait that came to the surface during this time and heavily contributed to his downfall. The Tsar would avoid any aspect of political landscape that he didn’t like or that he found offensively modern. Just a few examples of things he would avoid are the left, public opinion, industry, the press and unions. He basically did everything possible to avoid engaging with the modern world because he was afraid that it would threaten his control over Russia.1 He was not at all in touch with the workers or peasants in his country. He was cut off in the court town of Tsarskoe Selo where there are 20 foots railings, so he simply never encountered people of that social class.1 A major part of his distance was the control over the press that he had. The Tsar was once quoted stating that the Russian press will “never set…free as long as I live. The Russian press
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