Why Was It Was The Main Cause Of The 1917 Revolution

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In February 1917, Russia was plunged into a Revolution that would shape the future of the country in unbelievable ways. It has been argued over the years that it was the weak leadership of Tsar Nicholas II that was the main cause of the outbreak of the revolution that took place in February and March of 1917. However, there are differing opinions on that statement. Many say that it was due the military defeats experienced by the country over the years that caused the citizens to revolt. Others say it was because of poverty and the difference in the standards of living of the upper class and the lower classes. One thing is certain: the 1917 Revolution influenced Russia’s history to a massive extent.

Russia, at the time of the revolution, was under the rule of Tsar Nicholas II. He was the last Romanov in power before the system of government was overthrown during the revolution. Tsar Nicholas believed in autocracy, and the divine right to rule. However, before the 1917 revolution, revolution had already broken out in 1905. This was due to social unrest among the Russian citizens. Much of this was caused by an unfair agricultural system
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Named after Pyotr Stolypin, who introduced the reforms, they contributed to the unrest and instability of the Russian people, as they still left the peasants poor and the wealthy rich. The Stolypin reforms were a series of agricultural land reforms that allowed the peasants to control and own land. While this course of action did help to increase the agricultural production rates, it still left the peasants at a loss. The best land was still owned by the upper class and the Tsar, and the peasants kept getting poorer. The were still high numbers of industrial workers who could not afford basic necessities. This resulted in anger within the population, decreasing the Tsar’s support even more. This instability of the people also increased the build-up to the
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