How far was the Russo-Japanese War responsible for the outbreak of the 1905 revolution?
Take into consideration -
- Russo-Japanese War
- Bloody Sunday
- Political opposition
- The war was a short-term factor that led to the revolution.
- There were humiliating defeats - for example, the loss of Port Arthur and the destruction of the Baltic Fleet at the Battle of Tsushima.
- Russian people lost confidence in Tsar Nicholas since he couldn't defeat a country that wasn't a great power like Russia was.
- The war brought about economic problems so Russia couldn't afford to deal with other problems.
- However, most of the greatest defeats of the Russian army occurred whilst the revolution was already ongoing. This suggests that the war wasn't a primary cause but encouraged people to keep resisting the Tsarist regime.
- Bloody Sunday was a short-term factor leading to revolution.
- Many peasants moved to more urban locations and this led to slums arising as towns and cities were overcrowded. The population of St Petersburg and Moscow doubled. People…