The Revolution That Ended An Empire

1571 Words May 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
The Russian empire, at its peak held a landmass occupying almost 9 million square miles across 3 continents (Eastern Europe, Asia, and modern day Alaskan territory) and was rivaled in size only by the British and Mongol empires of olden times. Officially founded in 1721 after a warring period with the neighboring Swedish, Ottoman and Persian Empires and the signing of the Treaty of Nystad. This mighty Tsar ruled land survived as a global power for nearly 4 centuries. Unfortunately, as history has shown time and time again, no Empire, no matter how large or influential, may last forever. Internal instabilities and a waning support of the people meant the once glorious Empire was on its last legs, and soon the time arrived when a “restructuring” was on the horizon.
What led to revolution and revolt? How did they lose control of the people that would have once supported them? The purpose of this paper is to detail the causes and immediate after effects of the revolution that ended an Empire. Note that some dates may be different as prior to revolution The Russian Empire operated under the Julian calendar. To understand the collapse, it is important to understand the circumstances of the instability. The Russian Empire, for its entire rule, operated under a Czarist regime mainly centered on a singular royal monarchy. While the upper class rejoiced in wealth and general low stress, the grand majority of the Russian population operated as farmhand and industrial workers as…
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