Causes of the 1905 Revolution Essay
Russia went into the war with Japan believing itself to have the upper hand, and initially domestic sentiment in Russia improved. However it soon became clear to the people that the war in Japan was not going as planned. The major defeats on land and at sea shocked the Russian public and furthered their belief that the current government was a weak, repressive, and dwindling regime. Also, the war with Japan was costing the Russian people at home. There were shortages of food and fuel, and as a result inflation shot up and many were left unemployed. At the final defeat of Russia at the hands of Japan, the government was perceived as being incompetent and all confidence had been lost. In a act of final contempt and want for change a group of people marched onto the Tsar's Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to peacefully protest a petition to Tsar Nicholas II.
The protest on the 22nd January 1905 ended up in a massacre of hundreds to possibly thousands of innocent civilians. The group had been warned to not act and troops had been deployed around the Winter Palace and other key points. On the Sunday the striking workers and their families peacefully marched to the