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The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution that occurred in 1917 can be divided into two difficult battles in 1917. In February of 1917, the masses started a major revolution that ended the monarchy rule in the country. In October of 1917, the Bolsheviks uprising placed the Bolshevik into power as the new rulers of Russia.

There are many reasons for the uprising in the year of 1917 in Russia, but here are the main reasons. Czar Nicholas II had placed Russia into World War I when the majority of the Russian citizens did not agree with this decision. 95% of the Russian population were extremely poor and lived under harsh conditions. The Russian citizens, mainly women and children, were forced to work in factories in horrible working conditions, work long hours, and had no protection from being injured. The Russian citizens were forced to live in poor housing, did not have much food, and were treated badly by their landlords and overseers. The Russian monarchy represented the 5% of the wealthy in the country, who lived an extravagant life and refused to share the wealth with the masses. The Czar’s family and friends where spending money to live a very extraordinary life while Russian citizens were dying from malnutrition and starvation.

The Russian Revolution was started by a group of poor women, who were forced to work in factories for long hours and under poor working conditions, who were protesting not making enough money to feed their families and having to work under the worst conditions. The majority of the men were fighting in the war (WWI) during this time and were not there to support their families financially. The women decided to walk out of the factories on February 23, 1917 (this was a Thursday) and it was about 90,000 of them. They were demanding “bread” and “meat” for their children to eat and were shouting that they were “tired of working long hours for no money”. This caused the major factories in Russia to be shut down for the entire weekend of February 23, 1917 because at least 250,000 factory workers were protesting in the streets asking for change.

The Czar Nicholas II was not available at the time to stop the protesting because he was in the battlefields of Germany. The Czar left his wife in charge of the daily duties of running the empire, but she was not doing a good job of it. Queen Alexandra was not liked by the Russian people because she was not Russian, but German and the Czar depended on her too much regarding business affairs and country affairs. Also, the Russian people did not like the fact that Queen Alexandra was under the spell of a witch doctor named Rasputin.

These factors were the major causes of Czar Nicholas II losing power and being assassinated by the Bolshevik army. His entire family was assassinated by the Bolshevik army as well. In the Russian Revolution of 1917, it brought an end to the Russian monarchy and helped to cause many other countries to end monarchy rule throughout Europe. The only monarchy that seemed to survive the 20th Century and two World Wars is the Great Britain monarchy.