Essay about Causes of Russian Revolution

1198 Words Jan 6th, 2008 5 Pages
"Russia is a cauldron of boiling water, tightly closed and placed on a fire that is becoming hotter and hotter. I fear an explosion." (As It Was Lived: 4-18) This very sentence was spoken by a French traveler who visited St. Petersburg. The dramatic change of government from an absolute monarchy to a communist government in Russia came to be because of a variety of different reasons. The revolution came about through a long phase of repression, unrest, and poverty for the average working-class Russian of the 20th Century. A long line of tyrannical Tsars had ruled the country self-interestedly for many centuries, and over 95% of the country lived under severe economic and social conditions. Like a bridge that has too much weight pressing …show more content…
However, the Tsar's guards panicked and killed hundreds of protesters. The Tsar also had the remaining revolutionaries rounded up and executed. After this bloody slaughter, the Russians lost their age-old faith in the monarchy… and rebelled. As the news spread, workers rose up against their landlords and tried to take over the land that they had once worked on. This act unified them against Tsar Nicholas II, and soon they organized themselves into trade unions. In only four months, the workers had formed a ‘Union of Unions', which arranged rebellions throughout the country. This was one of the most aggressive steps towards the overthrow of the long- detested monarchy. "I am not prepared to be Tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling." (As It Was Lived: 4-18) Tsar Nicholas II uttered these very words on becoming Tsar in 1894, and he was right. The Tsar was a terrible leader. He was infuriatingly indecisive, and didn't know how to run the Russian government at all. Unable to manage the continuing strikes that had risen up all over Russia, he pretended that everything was all right and that the peasants were just making a fuss because they were ‘bored'. When the Duma (the Russian people's elected parliament, which had little power) tried to warn him of the seriousness of the situation, he ignored and dissolved them instead. This brewed even more hatred toward the Tsar amongst his people. The

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