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Analyze the “October 1917 Russian Revolution.”

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in political science, social sciences

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Russian Revolution

The events of March 1917 ended a heretofore unprecedented phase in Russian history . The 56-year period between 1861 and 1917 was the merely era under the tsars when Western influence was all-encompassing in Russia and not confined to economic development projects , technological as well as scientific imports , or a sampling of Western intellectual delicacies by the elite . The society all together was changing as Europe apparently was pulling Russia , gradually [banner_entry_middle]

, across the Urals in a social cultural , and economic sense . The March Revolution opened up new vistas for change along Western lines by eradicating the autocracy , the greatest obstacle to that process . Thus far it as well created opportunities for long-suppressed forces working in completely different directions . In the middle of a world war , the main battle for the Russian people abruptly shifted to the home front , where the central issue was not the country ‘s relations with foreigners , however how Russians would relate to each other

The revolution that toppled Nicholas II and ended the Romanov dynasty was fairly quick and painless , lasting about a week and claiming merely about fifteen casualties . However the removal of the autocracy did not eliminate the myriad of problems that had precipitated the revolution Russia remained trapped in an ineffective and unpopular war that had bled the nation also left its battered army hardly able to fight

The economy was dangerously close to collapse . In the cities and towns food was scarce . Industrial production was declining dangerously Peasant land hunger remained unsatiated . Also the autocracy ‘s collapse even as it solved one problem by eradicating a dilapidated system of government , added a new one in its place–what type of government should Russia now adopt (Marc Ferro , 1969

The removal of the Romanovs created an incredible power vacuum . In the wake of the collapse of a political of three hundred years standing , no group had a legitimate claim to govern . The effect was a peculiar and unstable circumstances that came to be named “dual power Two institutions shared political authority , in so much as any authority existed at all : the Provisional Government–Russia ‘s self-proclaimed interim government-and the Petrograd Soviet . The Provisional Government was the creature of leading Duma moderates and liberals . As such , it lacked any enthusiastic support from the bulk of the Russian people . Due to its commitment to establishing a Western-type parliamentary system in a country inexperienced with and suspicious of representative government , the Provisional Government faced long odds from the beginning . Its indecision and mistakes rapidly lengthened those odds

The Provisional Government ‘s chances of success were further lessened by the presence of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers ‘ and Soldiers ‘ Deputies The Soviet was a hybrid political species , combining the trappings of a government , a political convention , and a mob . Composed of representatives from the factories and military units in and around the capital , the Soviet lacked both a reliable formula… [banner_entry_footer]


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