Was the 1905 Revolution a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the events of either February or October 1917?

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The Revolution of 1905 had many of the same features as the events of 1917 however it cannot be said that 1905 was a ‘dress rehearsal’ as the protocol of the 1917 revolution was meticulously different to that of 1905. When comparing the revolutions it is thoroughly important to regard all similarities and differences when cross-examining 1905 with 1917. In many respects the events that assembled the first revolution can be used as a prototype on how the second and third revolution materialised. The importance of politics, the remodeled working class, the established regime and the significance of the soldiers all are essential components in considering why the events of 1917 were not prepared in 1905. Although 1905 did, undoubtedly paved …show more content…
In comparing the battle scars of Russia it shows that 1905 can be used as a representation of what was to be expected in 1917. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa supports my argument that Russia suffered the same consequences in 1914-1917 as she did in 1905. However he puts forward the idea that World War One had the most direct and decisive impact in directing the February Revolution, neglecting that many other factors had a part to play in establishing a second revolution.

The introduction of politics to the masses during the beginning of the twentieth century can be considered a consequential domino affect to 1917. The establishment of The Obukhov Defense combined with the growth of Social Democratic organizations extended the political views amongst the working class in the factories. Atrocious working conditions that amalgamated with the embarrassing defeat of the war with Japan caused awareness of civil rights to grow amongst the Russian workers. The historian Gerald Surh provides the description of the public demonstrations as ‘bold, impatient and boisterous.’1 Organized strikes demanding proper working hours and conditions sparked the winter palace march on January 9th 1905 that was lead by the Father Gapon. The document addressed to the tsar shows how the march intended to be peaceful and open negotiation. The source goes onto highlight the circumstances that the Tsar’s loyal subjects found themselves in. It states that they are being pushed

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