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Problems in Russia that contributed to the revolution in 1917 are numerous but the chief reason is Russias situation in the twentieth century Russia an autocracy with underrepresented citizens already had the seeds sown for revolution No one event caused the revolution though factors such as Tsar Nicholass decisions and the outbreak of World War II did contribute to the Tsars overthrow though to a lesser degree Difficulties with the Russian form of government were the central grounds for the 1917 revolution Russias enormous size difficult communications and lack of unity between its different peoples had existed long before the 1900s However by 1900 its population had increased by fifty percent increasing the competition of land between peasants The workers poor living conditions did not improve In addition Russia was ruled by an autocracy with a formidable secret police the Okhrana using violence to deal with any opposition to the government The Tsar knew very little about his people he did not visit the factories or villages The Tsars actions were also important steps leading to revolution in 1917 Life for the Russian people had ostensibly improved with the October Manifesto there was a Duma - peoples parliament freedom of the press and even the right to form political parties However the Okhrana were still as active as ever freedom of the press still entailed censorship and the Tsar could dissolve the Duma whenever he wished - elections were even in favor of the gentry and nobility To make matters worse the Tsar decided to go to the war front himself in 1915 He was now personally blamed for failures in the course of the war and the Tsarina was left to run the government Some mistrusted her because of her German background and she would not work with the Duma at all Had the Tsar seriously worked with the Duma from the beginning had he not gone to the war front things would have
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