World War I: The End of a Regime Through the Destruction of Morale
Wars can be very costly if the countries are not prepared economically. The Russian Revolution was caused by the suffering of the peasant during World War I When Russia saw their ally Serbia was in need they joined the War to support Serbia. At the time Russia was in no condition to fight a War. During 1914 Russia was facing a great economic crisis and the peasant class suffered a shortage of food. Despite this, their leader decided to join the war. The war required lots of money and many materials that the peasant class needed to survive. Russia was struggling economically and the peasants knew it. The peasants grew tired of all the Russian problems and revolted. Before the war began a group called The Bolsheviks had attempted to make the peasants revolt but were never successful until World War I. Although it can be said the Bolsheviks were the primary cause of the Russian Revolution, the actual cause was World War I because it was a strain on Russia economically and socially.
Before World War I Russia’s economy was already deteriorating; however World War I escalated the economic problems. Before the war began Russia had lost lots of money in the Russo Japanese war. The country was still very fragile. The people were barely getting by. The food supply was low; Russia still had not recover economically. By joining a war Tsar Nicholas II worsened the situation, shown by the fact that “[t] he country’s political and economic problems were greatly exacerbated by the war. Many factors included the militarization of industry and crises in food supply- threated disaster on the home front” (War and Revolution in Russia 1914 – 1921). Russia was already in a fragile situation; all the war did was worsen the problems. The food crisis was a great struggle because the people barely had food and having to send food over seas made the situation worst .The requirement for food and other supplies for the war took a great toll on the people and Russia was no longer able to sustain its self. The lack of supplies made the people lose hope in their government because nothing changed.
During World War I the Russian peasants lost the little hope they had in Russia for improvement. Tsar Nicholas II the leader at the time joined the war for the peasant class to feel pride in their country. Before the peasants inform the war Tsar Nicholas II had that change was needed. At the time he did not listen, but he thought if he fought he war and won Russia would recover economically and socially. Historian Michael Hickey proclaimed, “The declaration of war did bring a powerful, if brief, burst of patriotic support for the tsarist government. [But] within six months, the human and economic costs of the war badly eroded whatever political capital the tsar’s government had gained by declaring war”. (Qtd “The Russian Revolution”). Tsar Nicholas II goal was achieve for a moment. The people did feel patriotism...