Causes of the 1905 revolution in Russia included discontent among industrial workers and rural peasants, discrimination against Jews and other minorities, student unrest, the rise of socialism and a humiliating defeat in the war against Japan. Additionally, the repression of the Tsarist regime created a state of great fear and discontent in the country.Know More
The first manifestation of the 1905 revolution occurred on January 9, when a group of thousands of unarmed protesters led by Father Georgy Gapon marched toward the Winter Palace of Tsar Nicolas II. The march included many women, children and elderly. The group of marchers was first charged upon by the cavalry and then shot at by the infantry, resulting in over 200 deaths and 800 injuries.
In reaction to the massacre, which became known as Bloody Sunday, a wave of strikes swept the country. These strikes included not only industrial and railway workers, but also of army and navy personnel. Armed forces mutinied against their officers, which is exemplified by the famous mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin. In the countryside, peasants seized the land of the wealthy and burned their homes. By mid-October there was a general strike in most major cities. The turmoil spread to non-Russian parts of the Tsar's empire, including Finland, Poland, Georgia and the Baltic provinces.
At first, the Tsar favored responding with force, but the revolution became so widespread that he was compelled to offer concessions. He created a constitutional monarchy and a multi-party system, convened a state legislature, and enacted the Russian Constitution of 1906. However, many of the revolutionary leaders were arrested and executed, and the Tsar regained the loyalty of the army and used it to help end the uprising.Learn more about Modern Europe
The Bolshevik Revolution refers to the second revolution that occurred in Russia in October 1917 led by Lenin and the Bolshevik party. The revolution took place on Oct. 25, 1917, and involved Bolshevik troops seizing key locations in the Russian capital of Petrograd from the provisional government.Full Answer >
The 1917 Russian Revolution resulted in the overthrow of the monarchy of Czar Nicholas II, the rise to power of the Russian Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin and the withdrawal of Russia from World War I. A civil war in Russia followed the revolution as the supporters of the old czarist regime, the "whites," struggled with the new Bolshevik powers, the "reds," for control. The Bolsheviks won the civil war and Russia became the Soviet Union, or U.S.S.R., in 1922.Full Answer >
According to the History Channel, the Russian revolutions of 1917 led to the withdrawal of Russia from the first World War, a civil war between factions inside Russia, the rise of Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks and the birth of the USSR. It also triggered Marxist revolutions in countries around the world although none were ultimately as successful or long lasting as the Russian revolution.Full Answer >
The overwhelming cause of the Russian Revolution of 1917 was the inefficiency and failure of the czarist regime in the World War I military effort. This was exacerbated by corruption in the government and a scarcity of food that caused riots to break out first in the capital city of Petrograd and then in other cities.Full Answer >