To What Extent Was The Provisional Government Resp

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The provisional government took control of Russia in February 1917 and faced fundamental problems. These problems were not insurmountable, and the PG succeeded in passing may radical and popular reforms in its early stages. However it failed to deliver on central issues such as ‘Peace, land, bread’. Eventually, all these failures led to the overthrow of the PG. To start off with, there are two main fundamental problems which faced the PG. These were the fact that it had neither authority nor power. To begin with, the PG lacked authority. Its members were not elected even though the PG promised to hold elections to a constituent assemble at the first opportunity – but with a war raging, this was an impossible task. How is this responsible? People believed that the PG was not a ‘true’ or ‘valid’ government. As they were not elected members, anyone could be made head of states or head of parliament making the PG ‘corrupt’ in the eyes of the Russian public. Carrying on with a lack of authority – the PG were seen as not revolutionary enough. During its leadership, the PG had two leaders: Prince Lvov – whose status as a member of the nobility immediately undermined the reforming credential as did its members as they were broadly liberal Octoberists and Kadet, which again, diluted its reforming enthusiasm. The second leader being Alexander Kerensky. Although a popular SR, there was a general unease amongst the peasantry that he had ‘sold out’ by joining the liberals which he argued that he was just biding his time till the Constituent Assembly confirmed the SR’s as the largest party. In a time of widespread crisis, where Russia needed its government most, it was nowhere to be seen, no reforms passed. Nothing. Secondly, a lack of power led to the downfall of the
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