Causes of Russian Revolution

1196 WordsJan 22, 20085 Pages
"Russia is a cauldron of boiling water, tightly closed and placed on a fire that is becoming hotter and hotter. I fear an explosion." (As It Was Lived: 4-18) This very sentence was spoken by a French traveler who visited St. Petersburg. The dramatic change of government from an absolute monarchy to a communist government in Russia came to be because of a variety of different reasons. The revolution came about through a long phase of repression, unrest, and poverty for the average working-class Russian of the 20th Century. A long line of tyrannical Tsars had ruled the country self-interestedly for many centuries, and over 95% of the country lived under severe economic and social conditions. Like a bridge that has too much weight pressing…show more content…
Rasputin's influence grew through the Tsarina (whom the people hated), and even though he had little education, he gained recognition and authority in the Russian court. However, his influence was not one that was positive. Because of his bouts of drinking, womanizing, and ability to pressure the Tsar to do anything he wanted, he became one of the most hated men of the 20th Century. However, one of the very worst things Tsar Nicholas II did was to show the people how truly bad of a leader he was. Because of the growing wave of dissatisfaction in Russia since the start of WWI, he decided to lead the army himself. Now whenever things went wrong, as they often did, the blame would fall directly on him. The Tsar's inability to balance his tyrannical system with the risks of economic modernization caused the collapse of the dictatorial system. "In several infantry regimes, one-third of the men had no rifles. These poor devils had to wait under a shower of shrapnel until their comrades fell before they could pick up their weapons." (As It Was Lived: 4-18) This quote shows just how badly organized the Russian army was. Hundreds of thousands of troops were murdered and most soldiers weren't trained well. They were without basic weapons and equipment. Since workers were leaving factories to join the army, there were much fewer workers than before- during a time when even more war
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