russian revoloution empathy task

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“The old order collapsed because it failed to solve economic problem”

The Russian Revolution of February 1917 was not directly attributed to the Tsar’s failure to solve economic problems. There were a wide range of causes to the downfall which can’t be directly associated to the failure to solve economic problems.

Russia’s industrialisation as a result of the reforms of 1891 proved crucial in the fall of the old order. After Witte’s reforms of the late 1890s the population of Petrograd doubled between 1890 and 1910. With the working population in the cities it gave revolutionary groups the advantage of having a large group of frustrated workers in a confined space. In relation to the events of 1917 February revolution the population density allowed the numbers participating in the violent revolts to reach colossal numbers. With the Tsar on the war front, the masses persuaded the soldiers to join the revolutionary forces and by the time he came back, it was too late. Cities such as Petrograd and Moscow weren’t designed for the population increase, and as such workers were living in crowded dirty, overcrowded apartments. These living conditions lead to the frustrations throughout the revolutionary groups. Witte’s reforms converted a large portion of peasants into proletariat. As the tension raised in 1917 that same industrial working class responded with strikes. The strikes started by the Pulitov Steal workers on the 18th of February 1917 started out with one company, but the frustration with the Tsar wasn’t just in one factory. In exactly 12 days one strike had turned into a revolution the reason was that the reforms of Witte and Stolypin .With the peasants now in factories it ment they lacked farmers and had nobody to farm the good harvests in the war years, in fact the harvests of 1915 and 1916 were the best of the century. Without the food to feed a starving nation, the Russian government was in trouble and with this Wittes reforms that were designed...
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