Russia Did the 1905 Revolution fail?

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Q.Did the 1905 Revolution fail?

The Revolution of 1905 did not work in getting rid of the Tsar that was in power at the time, however it was seen as being revolutionary, and the revolution did fail for many explicit reasons that will be explained.

At the beginning of the twentieth century Russia was seething with unrest. The peasants and the urban working class were equally discontented, due to the frequent peasant uprisings and strikes.

Discontent had boiled over into revolution as a result of the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5. The case of this was the conflicting ambitions of Russia and Japan in Manchuria and Korea. The Russian government had expected a ' short victorious war that would stem the tide of revolution'. The cause of the Russo-Japanese war was caused because the Russians only had ports that were frozen over during the winter season, however there was a port known as 'Port Arthur' that could be used by the Russians for trade.

As a cause for the Russians wanting 'Port Arthur', the start of the Russo-Japanese war had started.

In the war Russia had lost by a victorious win by the Japanese, winning the battle of Mukden, while the Russian fleet, after sailing half-way round the world, was virtually wiped out in the battle of Tsushima.

News of the defeat in the Far East had brought discontent to a head on the 22nd of January 1905, when government troops opened fire on a procession that was peaceful and they were unarmed demonstrators carrying a petition to present to the Tsar at the Winters Palace in St. Petersburg. However, the Tsar was away, as a result the guards took fire, several hundreds were killed, and the incident is remembers as 'Bloody Sunday', which marked a turning point.

This atrocity...