Events Leading up to the Russian Revolution

  • The Great Northern War

    The Great Northern War
    Also called the second northern war, it was a war mainly between Sweden and Russia. The reason why Russia had gotten into a war is because they were agitated at Sweden because they had blocked access of the Baltic Sea.The Russians were led by Peter the Great, and the war went on for about a couple of decades, with Russia becoming victorious. Sweden then gave Russia Ingria, Estonia, Livonia, and a strip of Finnish Karelia, concluding the war.
  • The Decembrist Revolt

    The Decembrist Revolt
    A small group of nobles and army officers try to overthrow the czar's government, hoping to set up a constitutional monarchy. Nicholas I crushes the uprising, executing five leaders and exiling hundreds more to Siberia, Although it had become a huge failure, the people that were in it had become heros in future generations and revolutionaries.
  • Czar Alexander II Emancipates the Serfs

    Czar Alexander II Emancipates the Serfs
    Czar Alexander II created the emancipation of serfs, freeing them and giving them a few rights. Some of these rights that were given to them was they had political rights and were allowed to keep their homes and tools. Although they had more freedom now, they had many more hardships. Instead of being given land they had to buy it at an expensive price that they usually couldn't afford. Most serfs were already in debt. and still had to pay high taxes, so they still lived in poverty.
  • Assassination of Alexander II

    Alexander II had created many problems in Russia, like freeing serfs that were dirt poor. He also sold The United States Alaska, which was full of materails that Ameica used very well. This tilted the Russian people the wrong way, and they attempted to assassinate him. While he was taking role call of the military, a man of the People's Will movement threw a bomb in his direction, blowing him up. His wounds were so severe that he couldn't heal and in fact died.
  • Nicholas II abdictates Russian Throne

    Nicholas II abdictates Russian Throne
    After his father, csar Nicholas I, dies, Nicholas takes over as the csar of Russia. The only problem was that Nicholas didn't really like being csar. He liked playing around and living the high life. That's why when he became the csar he made some very bad decisions and found himself in a room with men pointing guns at him. He will always be the care-free man that was the last csar of Russia.
  • Bloody Sunday

    Bloody Sunday
    Russia was shcoked after getting defeated in the Russo-Japenese war, and this outraged many Russian people. After losing in the war, factory workers, led by Father Gapon, marched peacefully up to the czar's palace in St. Petersburg. I is believed that there was between 50,000 and 100,000 marchers, asking for better working conditions and political freedoms. As they stood in the snow marching, soldiers began to fire shots towards the crowd. Many people were killed and more were wounded.
  • The Russo-Japanese War

    The Russo-Japanese War
    The Russ-Japenese War was a war between Russia and Japan over Korea and Manchuri. It ended up with a shocking victory by Japan. With Russia being shockingly defeated, Russia had even more economic hardships at home. People were growing restless of czar Nicholas II.
  • Revolution of 1905

    Revolution of 1905
    Bloody Sunday horrified many Russians, creating the Revolution of 1905. Most cities were filled with people either rioting or striking. In the countryside, peasants burned the homes of landowners and took whatever they thought was valuable. Nicholas II attempted to calm down the angered people and elected an assembly called the Duma. The Duma had very little power, and ultimately failed at making an impact. So Russia was an absolute mess with many citizens about ready to blow up.
  • World War I

    World War I
    Russia had joined the war to join the allies and try to defeat Geramany. Joining the war, the Russians were ill-equipped and poorly led, Russian armies suffered catastrophic losses in campaign after campaign against German armies. The war made revolution inprobable in two ways: it showed Russia was no longer a military match for the nations of central and western Europe, and disrupting the economy.
  • March Revolution

    March Revolution
    The Russian people had just had enough of Nicholas II and pretty much kicked him out of power. After World War I, they had a terrible economy and were the laughing stock of the world. The only other person that could take the throne would have been Nicholas' brother, but he refused, so Nicholas II was the last Russian csar. Russia was then taken over by the Provisional Government, whcih still had Russia in chaos and in desperation for a grip on the eonomy.