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NoteReferences made to the Russian Revolution refer to the one that lead to the downfall of the czarist regime and not that of Alexander Krevenskys provisional government Causes of the Russian Revolution refer to the downfall of Nicholas IIs regime There were three causes that sparked the Russian Revolution none of which is sufficient on its own to prove the czarist downfall A weakness in one area led to a problem in another All the three causes are inter-related in some way These three causes are leadershippolitical backwardness economic backwardness and wars Russia was involved in The whole concept of an autocratic state didnt please many Russians who wanted a government where the common man had more rights and power Nicholas II made revolutionaries angrier by being a worse ruler than his predecessors were Many people in fact were quite happy being ruled by czars such as Ivan III or Alexander II who introduced reforms worked diligently for their country and most importantly listened to their people Nicholas II however was an unlimited monarch He made all decisions by himself without considering the opinions of his people He refused to introduce any educational reforms as he was afraid that educated minds would give birth to revolutionary ideas This czar had no political knowledge and experience and was always hesitant to arrive at conclusions and make decisions In fact he was an extremely weak leader as he let his wife take over day-today problems in Russia His wife however was influenced by a mysterious madman named Rasputin Russias defeat in WWI and the Russo-Japanese War which will be discussed later in greater detail proved Nicholas inability to rule to war or do anything beneficial for his country Thats why he and his form of rule were major causes of the Russian Revolution Two other leaders who were responsible for the overthrowing of Czar Nicholas II were Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky These two Russians were
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