To What Extent Does The Russo-Japanese War Explain

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To what extent does the Russo- Japanese war explain the outbreak of the 1905 revolution? The Russo- Japanese war was an important event which lead to the outbreak of revolution. However it was not the only reason for revolution; many factors affected this, including many years of resentment built up on the behalf of the Russian people. The war started due to Russia’s desire to expand their empire. Russia focused on the Far East and in doing so, came into conflict with the Japanese who were also looking to expand. When the war broke out, it appeared to be an easy win, however it seemed that that was not the case after all. Russia’s humiliating defeat undermined the ruler of Russia, the Tsar. The Russians had faced national humiliation, which resulted in the people of Russia feeling unsettled about their government. The loss of support in the Tsar meant that more people sought to join the opposing groups, making them continuously more popular. Opposing groups such as the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks supported the act of a revolution which significantly increased the chances of such an occurrence. Nonetheless, some of the groups did not want revolution. The Octoberists for example were contented once the Tsar brought out the October manifesto. This effectively weakened the success of a revolution because of the lack of organization and co-operation. Every group had their own agenda, so each group revolted individually. The growth of resentment in the Russian population had been harboring for many years. Due to the centuries of repression the people had decided that the autocratic system in Russia was old fashioned. The redemption payments that were to be payed for 49 years were an example of the unfair taxation's that were put on the peasants. Subsequently this lead to ‘ordinary people’, such as peasants and workers to join hands and start a revolt. Now that
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