The Russian revolution was caused by culmination of simultaneously peaking social ideological and

The Russian revolution was caused by culmination of simultaneously peaking social ideological and

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The Russian revolution was caused by culmination of simultaneously peaking social ideological and economic stresses. The severely polarized social landscape was resented by those of the lower and working classes. Social mobility was virtually impossible so those in impoverished conditions were fated to forever stay on a low rung of the social ladder. There were fundamental ideological differences between the views of the upper and lower classes on social issues that provided the critical difference in mind set that prevented compromise. The onset of the war, lack of compassion by the government, and the existing strained economical situation of the lower classes provided the spark for the revolution. These tensions all climaxed at once and planted the seed for revolution. Intense political turmoil within the ruling class allowed that seed to plant and the revolutionary sentiments to set in. The incredibly unstable government opened the window of opportunity for the lower class to seize power and revolt. As early as 1900 there was already instability in the political structure in Russia. As shown in document one Lenin is already calling for the effective organization of the proletariat under professional revolutionists. “No single class in history has ever attained mastery unless it has provided political leaders, its leading representatives, capable of organizing the movement and leading it. ..” A smaller, yet important, piece is the severe religious intolerance of the ruling
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This essay was uploaded on 02/12/2008 for the course HIST 160 taught by Professor Warner during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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