February Revolution: Recap. Causes of February Revolution. What are the basic Social, Political, Economic & in this case Military factors that contributed to the February Revolution? . Historiography. SOVIET VIEW The fall of Tsarism was part of inevitable change
What are the basic Social, Political, Economic & in this case Military factors that contributed to the February Revolution?
N.B. Written during Soviet dictatorship, little access to archives though many were serious historians.
N.B. Relied on memoirs, no access to archives.
N.B. Revisionists argue amongst themselves
Economic: Figes ‘Born in the bread queues’
Political: Smith ‘collapse of popular support in the govt.’
Social: Service, ‘Nicholas II…it was the general situation and not his personality that enfeebled the regime…’
Military: Acton, ‘…not the workers movement but the soldiers’ mutiny’
Focus: social & economic rather than military
Because, because, because, because……
Figes agues that the February Revolution was ‘born in the bread queues’.