To what extent did the Russo Japanese War cause the 1905 Revolution
The 1905 Revolution was a series of strikes which took place all over Russia. Unlike the 1917 Revolutions this was spontaneous and took place as a result of considerable resentment about the social, economic and political situation in Russia. The Russo Japanese war was one of the main factors that caused the Revolution, however there were other significant events, such as the Bloody Sunday and long term causes that could be argued to be the outbreak of the Revolution.
The Russo-Japanese War lasted from 1904 to 1905, and arose from both Japan and Russia wanting to expand and dominate in Korea and Manchuria. Allthoug the Russians saw themselves as far superior in military power and Japan was a nation that was considered inferior and was not one of the Great Powers, they suffered a humiliating defeat. In January 1905 the Russians were forced to surrender their Port Arthur naval base in north China, and in the following months Japanese forces defeated the Russian army in Manchuria. Russian defats were seen as national humiliation and helped cause unrest against the government. The greatest military humiliation of all was the Battle of Tsushima (27.05.1905) where the Russians had sailed almost halfway round the world, only to lose 25 out of its 35 warships in a crushing defeat by the Japanese navy. Russias humiliation in the war undermined support for the Tsar.
This therefore caused the Russo-Japanese War to be partly responsible for the outbreak of the 1905 Revolution and it also helped prolong the Revolution as many of the events of the war took place after the Revolution had begun.
The Russo Japanese War also brought economic problems to Russia, there was a significant lack of money to solve any other problems present in Russia which was another imprtant factor for the outbreak of the 1905 revolution. The war itself cost an extreme amount of money and as it resulted in failure no money...