yes 1-6 - Essay 1 I agree with Thompson in believe that the...

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Essay 1 I agree with Thompson in believe that the collapse of the monarchy in February of 1917 had a good chance of survival had it not been for WWI. .. at least for an unforeseeable length of time. There was general unrest from time to time but changes were being made to accommodate the unrest that went on. The liberties enjoyed that were nonexistent before 1905, the enormous vitality shown by the Russian society, the growth of self-activity on all fronts, the unusual economic prosperity, all these suggest that a revolutionary situation was remote in 1914. The Stolypin reforms, the rapid transfer of the land of the nobility into the hands of the peasantry, and the growth of heavy industry at the same time that the rural standard of living was rising were removing the chief cause of the social upheaval of 1917 – the peasant revolt. There was also the dramatic spread of rural cooperatives, the increase in rural savings and consumer purchasing power, the diverse and extensive rural development programs sponsored by a variety of public and official bodies, the elimination of one after another of the discriminatory fiscal and judicial procedures that had for centuries set the peasants off as a third-class citizen. The economy was beginning to pick up and economic improvements were consistently being made. Remarkable economic expansion was going on, rapid advances in education, improvement in peasant status and conditions, an increase in political security and spontaneity, and broadening and deepening of civil rights. The Duma was also created, which was the cl osest thing to a democratic government that Russia had ever seen. Though the 1 st and 2 nd were dissolved, the 3 rd and 4 th not only continued through their lawful spans, but made significant strides toward firmly rooting the system of election and parliamentary procedure. It looked like a western situation was emerging. All of these economic changes were brought to a halt with the war. October Manifesto; Stolypin Land Reforms; One of the things that kept the Tsar system working was the fact that people perceived the Tsar, throughout Russia’s long history, to be an omnipotent figure. When he left the capitol, due to the war, and began to oversee a battle which Russia continued to lose, his image was greatly damaged in the eyes of the people. The fact that someone disgusting as Rasputin infiltrated the palace, to where he was killed by respectable and powerful people, also hurt the image of the Tsar greatly. This must have affected the soldiers enough to where they turned on him in 1917, or at least refused to protect his government. The solders had begun to blame the Tsar and the privileged elite for the war, the terrible barrack life, the loss of land due to the war, and the deplorable living conditions in general. Another great point could be made that the Russians, by way of the war, were exposed to outside influences that
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2011 for the course CHEM 51615 taught by Professor Fatima during the Spring '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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