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The Russian Revolution is an extremely complex revolution with no simple way to explain how it started endured or ended There are many factors that surround each of these segments of the revolution but the most important ones that need to be examined are always the factors that begin such an upheaval of a nation The Russian Revolution was brought on by the climate of dissent that began years and years ago and built up stronger and stronger with each passing day The main causes of the revolution stemmed from the social structure of Russian society the weaknesses and injustices of the Tsarist regime the February Revolution and the final blow of World War I to the economy and the people Until 1861 Russia had been a predominantly agricultural system maintained by the labor and taxes of peasant serfs for the past 300 years The Tsars distributed land to the nobility of Russia increasingly binding peasants to the land Serfs began to be treated as slaves Tagically they could be sold off from their land to other nobles thus seperating them from their family and friends and their familiar ways of life Often the nobles would organize the serfs into communes known as mirs that were collectivly responsible for maintaining the land Finally in 1861 Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom but this did not cease the problems among the peasants Many peasants received insufficient land to cultivate and make a profit from causing them to feel cheated Resentment towards the nobles and most especially the government grew rapidly This coupled with the high fertility rate and high taxes caused wide spread famine and epidemics to break out among the lower classes The hatred that the Russian peasants became most notable in 1904 when Russia entered a war with Japan Without the support of the 85 of the population that the peasants accounted for the Russians suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Japanese
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