To What Extent Do You Consider That the Outbreak of the First World War 1914 Was a Key Turning Point in the Development of Modern Russia in the Years 1856-1964? Essay

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The outbreak of war in 1914 was according to many a key turning point as it could be argued that Russia was not well trained or equipped and it caused more harm than good. A key turning point here “denotes a significant change of direction as a result of a particular event or combination of events”. Optimistic historians would argue that World War I was a key turning point. The war was initially popular however not everyone agreed with the Tsar's decision to join the war. The minister of the Interior P.N. Durnovo warned that Russia would be the country that would have to fight most of the battle, despite this the Tsar carried on as this was becoming his most popular period during his reign. Many new actions were taken in the first year of war such as Congress of Representatives of Industry and Trade, they wanted to be in control of how Russia handled the war however the government did not agree and wanted the Tsar to be the sole leader. The outcome of this was that parties within Russia began to see Political Ideology as being more important rather than what went on in the war. In hindsight many would say that the Tsar's next move was one of the biggest mistakes he made, making himself commander-in-chief, he was not only now responsible for Russia's future military disasters, but he left his wife Alexandra, who the Russian people were already hostile towards because of her Russian heritage, under the influence of Rasputin. The murder of Rasputin came too late to save the government and the Tsars' reputation and now the Tsarina faced accusations of treason. However it was not just the autocracy that faced problems the people of Russia also had problems as a result of the war. Russia lost an estimated 1.6 million people because of lack of equipment they had three rifles for every three soldiers. Lack of communication was also a cause of such a great loss as

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