Tag Archive for unrest

The Bolshevik

  What was the relative importance of immediate events, long-term social and economic developments, the crisis in political authority, and the stresses of the war to the revolutions of February and October, 1917? Weak and changing political authority combined with growing unrest in citizens and a war to fight, is enough to topple any state […]

” All around me there is treachery, cowardice, and deceit. ” The Abdication of Nicholas II

                                                                                 Image of Nicholas II’s Decree of Abdiction, March 17th 1917 By the morning of March 17th, 1917 the Russian Social-Democratic Party had finally forced the hand of the Tsar. After staying the night in Pskov, away from the riots that had overtaken many cities in Russia, Nicholas II came to decision that only his(…)

Furious For Food

One of the most humane rights and biological necessities is to be able to eat. Sadly however, after World War I had begun this basic right was incredibly hard to come by for the Russian peasantry. At the beginning of the war it was thought that as a largely agrarian empire it would have no […]

War Means No Food, No Food Means War

Russia was already in a food shortage leading up to 1917.  World war one had left a major portion of the country hungry and poor.  Russia’s grain harvest had left a large surplus in previous years, so there is no surprise that Russian officials estimated there would be plenty of grain to go around in […]

A Unified Peasant Class

The Russian Revolution of 1905 was comprised of many groups of people working together with different end goals, like peasants, workers, and intelligentsia. Most of these factions had one thing in common—they were exhausted by the tyrannical tsarist regime. Prior to 1906, … Continue reading