Russian History 1881-1953

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  • Social:Overcrowded towns/ poor sanitation and water supplies, famine, long hours and little pay in factories, health and education services were power widening class divides,
  • Economically: in 1914 small countries like Britain and Germany still out-produced Russia industrially.
  • Politically: the Tsar was reluctant to share power with the Duma, he was ultimately an ineffective leader influenced by his wife and Rasputin.
  • War: Over 1 million Russian troops were dead and 4 million had been wounded, workers in the cities were starving.


  • Jan 1917-The anniversary of Bloody Sunday was commemmorated by large demonstrations.
  • 22nd Feb…


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