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It was hoped that the abdication of Czar Nicholas II and the collapse of the old regime would result in a new russian society which would emerge from the ruble of authoritrianism to bring wealth and prosperity to the peasents and workers of Russia The state of affairs following the abdication of the Czar was anything but glorious and prosperous Revolutionary groups throughout the country emerged to seize local power No distinct group was able to replace the Czars strong control over the Russian state As a consequence several different parties and organizations coexisted within Russia The military provisional government socialists and workers each maintained some level of authority over the daily functioning of the country As important decisions needed to be made concerning the future of the Russian state the encroaching German armies and the downturn of the economy it was clear that some group was going to have to dominate over the others and set national policy The first clash over the power of the state took the form of the Kornilov affair The provisional government found itself faced off against the military The ensuing struggle for control involved every center of power in the Russian state On July 8th Alexander Kerensky was appointed Prime Minister of the provisional government One of the first and most pressing issues facing Kerensky was the Russian war effort against Germany The revolution had brought about a lack of spirt and discipline within the armed forces This coupled with the initial reforms of the revolution such as the first order which had placed much of the armies powers in the hands ofthe soldiers resulted in an incredibly weak army Kerensky was faced with the problem of reversing the disintegration of the armed forces in order to guarantee the security of Russia To help him in this pursuit Kerensky turned towards a new military hero -- General Lavr Kornilov Kornilov had recently become a national
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