impact of ww1 on russia Essay

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Impact of WW1 on Russia
Social and economic:
The war proved an economic disaster for Russia, the direct cost of war rose from 1,500 million roubles in 1914 to 14,500 million in 1918.
And this was an expense of the rural or industrial workforce, thus production slumped and in any case in time of war the country needed to be producing more, not less to feed and supply its armies
Military problems:
Although the Russian government managed to mobilise around 15 million men between 14-17, mainly conscript’s peasants it was un able to provide for them, they lacked basic weaponry, and also lacked basic warm clothing and properly footwear as every two rifles were provided for every three men.
The army had a significant mass of the army
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– but Nichols was so alienated about what was happening and didn’t listen being so caught up with he action on the front line. – The nobles eventually murdered Rasputin in 1916.

What caused the rev in 1917 was failure of its institutions to cope with the problems it faced. Russia’s institutional crisis showed up the tsarist system as being politically as well as economically bankrupt.
By the winter of 1917 the streets were tense with the pent up frustrations of the unemployed, the starving and desperate.
Strikes increased- due to the decrease of food supply as the desperate jostled for the limited supplies and the police who struggled to keep order were attacked.
The re-assembled duma heard speeches arguing that the Tsar had to go, but it was not to be duma, nor the disgruntled army high command that actually forced Nicholas hand. HIS ABDICATION WAS NOT DUE TO A POLICITCAL CAUSE. – The liberals and other political groups had little to do with it.
The situations in Russia started to deteriorate massively.
Events turned sour on international Women’s day when the traditional march through the Petrograd suburbs to the city centre turned increasingly political.
By February 25th after three days of demonstrations; 200,000 people (over half the capital’s workforce) were on strike and Petrograd was at a virtual standstill. Violence increased. Some soldiers

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