Causes of the 1905 Revolution in Russia

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The cause of the 1905 revolution was mainly due to the Tsar Government’s failures of solving the problems faced by the population. The populace of Russia mainly faced the problems of poverty, starvation and disease. This is mainly due to the fact that 80% of the population were peasants, and had to work long hours for low pay. This leads to them living in poor housing and shelter, eating terrible food and having terrible hygiene. The population that worked in the industries in St Petersburg and Moscow faced no better conditions, for there was overcrowding and they suffered from the very same poor living conditions as the peasants. Yet, with all these problems faced by the peasants and the workers, many of these were not addressed. Although Sergei Witte, a Russian politician, made many policies on expanding the industry, the worker’s life grew no better, and the agriculture sector was mostly ignored. The overall unhappiness and dissatisfaction of the general populace was exacerbated by the failures of the Tsar in the Russo-Japanese war from 1904-1905. Because of the gradual accumulation of dissatisfaction toward the government from the populace, strikes eventually started to take place throughout the country. The tensions all came together on 22 January 1905, Sunday when Father Gapon led a group of protestors to hand over a petition to the Tsar. The protestors were all brutally murdered by the soldiers as ordered by the Tsar. This only managed to worsen the general feelings of the populace. People soon learned about the bloody massacre, and started to grow more serious and severe in the protests. Because of the Tsar and his government’s failures to address the problems faced by the populace and address the protestors, the people turned to strikes to overthrow the government, and hence is the reason for the 1905 revolution.
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