Failures of the provisional government 1917

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  • Failure of provisional government
    • WWI
      • Continue war w/ Germany
        • Aim: conquer Germany & strengthen Russia empire
    • Food supplied to industrial workers
    • Land distributed between peasants
      • Or wait until elections take place
        • Post elections: freedom of speech & workers rights
        • Land distributed after elections
          • Angered peasants
          • Seen as a weakness
          • Revolutionary groups increased, wanted to form government of their own
            • Petrograd soviet
              • Workers council & had control of key industries e.g coal
                • Deserting soldiers began to join
    • Members of provisional government were from different parties = difficult to agree
    • Unable to make decisions without being in agreement w/ Petrograd soviet
      • provisional government = weak
    • Lenin
      • challenged position of provisional government
      • leader of bolsheviks
      • Return Russia: 'April Theses'
        • Bolskeviks take Russia out of war
          • work to overthrow provisional government
        • Relieve pressure of society & economy
        • Feed industrial workers
        • Give land to peasants
      • 'Peace, Bread and Land
    • Jul 1917 Kerensky
      • Planned counter offence against german forces in Russia
        • Failed horribly
        • July Days
          • protests against provisional government
            • Strengthened by red army
          • Important Bolsheviks arrested
            • Lenin escaped - Finland
    • 1917 Kornilov
      • kornilov + army marched on Petrograd - restore order
        • Kerensky asked Bolsheviks to use red army - stay in power
          • Kornilov plot failed
            • Kerensky = weak + humiliated
            • refuse to open fire on red army

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