Was Russia Ripe for Revolution by 1914?

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At the beginning of the 20th century Russia was a country undergoing a considerable amount of social and economic change as Industrialisation had finally began to affect Russia’s autocratic political system. Unlike Britain, whose monarch had lost almost all power through the degradation of time, Russia was ruled by a monarch called a Tsar who had absolute power over the country. The Russian Empire had been ruled by the Romanov dynasty for just over 300 years, however by the 20th century provided ample stresses and strains from both inside and outside Russia which was about to greatly impact Russia’s political system. The weakness and personality can arguably be a factor to the people’s desire for revolution and showed that Tsarism was largely flawed. It is also suggested that the Russian society in the beginning of the 20th century provided the working class people yet another reason for revolution as the gap between the aristocracy and the peasants was vast in terms of wealth. By 1905 there was a considerable amount of public anger against the war and arguably led to revolution, however the Tsars response to the revolution of 1905 showed weakness and provided more motivation to the revolutionaries. An overall significant factor to Russia being ripe for revolution was that the Tsarist regime between 1906- 14 showed the stresses and strains and provided mixed feelings towards revolution. The weakness of Tsar Nicholas II was an important factor in the Russian desire for revolution. When Nicholas’ father, Alexander III died unexpectedly, Nicholas was ill prepared for the role of Tsar as Alexander was a domineering man making Nicholas a shy and withdrawn man. He had many flaws which have been recorded in detail. He was unwilling to engage in politics, was unable to make decisions and had very poor organisation skills. One of his cabinet ministers had even been heard
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