Mohamedamiin Sharif 12S
How stable was Russia in the period from the October Manifesto (1905) to the
outbreak of war (1914)
From the introduction of the October Manifesto in 1906 to the outbreak of war in
1914,the tsar’s position and Russia as a whole was stable to a large extent.However,
there were a few occasions where instability rose, and whether Russia was stable or
on the brink of a revolution will all be explored in this essay.
One example of there being stability is the October Manifesto itself.For example,
after the 1905 revolution, the manifesto had calmed almost all of the social classes.
It accomplished this by ending the peasant’s mortgages, introducing political parties
and the duma.Stability was also brought by crushing the workers, ensuring that there
wouldn’t be another incident.This links to the duma as they’re both factors which are
integral to the stability in Russia.
Another example of where there was stability in Russia is the creation of the
Dumas.This is because, despite the second duma being called “the duma of the
people’s wrath”, they possessed no real power and were only kept mainly due to two
reasons.One being related to foreign policy as, the tsar wanted to present Russia as
a democratic nation to other European countries that it was in trade with.And, the
second reason being that they posed no real threat because they had no real power
as a result of laws brought in by the tsar.The dumas brought stability to Russia as, it
give the illusion of democracy and kept the political parties satisfied for the time
being.This closely links with repression under Stolypin...