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ASSIGNMENT QUESTION Why was Russia undeveloped in the 1900s Look at economic social and political reasons Russia covered over 8 million square miles Due to this vast size Russia appeared to be an empire of great strength however this is not the case There were a wide variety of people of different race language religion and culture and there were many problems controlling and maintaining such a population of people over this large territory This was a major problem for the Russian government Russia traces its history back to a state that emerged in Europe during the 800s Over time large amounts of territory and many different people came under Russian rule For hundreds of years Tsar emperors and empresses ruled Russia They had almost complete control over most aspects of Russian life Under these rulers the countrys economic development lagged behind other countries in Western Europe in the 1700s Most of the people were poor uneducated peasants Russia was undeveloped for a few reasons but the most obvious and main reason was the Tsar was unwilling to change and to modernise Russia he was a very conservative man and was very unwilling to change In 1881 Russia adopted a policy of severe repression which it retained until 1905 They did not let people have their say earn money and speak freely and kept the people from what they wanted due to restraint put on them by this policy However a series of nationwide disturbances that were serious enough to call the 1905 revolution forced the government to make some changes An opportunity was aroused for Russia to modernise itself but modernisation required an economic progress and also a political progress which the Tsar did not want Russia had a big problem with its money It was very unbalanced and there would be people that would have palaces servants and plenty of money to spare then there would also
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