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Bloody Sunday

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Leading up to Russia’s Bloody Sunday of 1905, the tsars had begun to reform Russia in an era known as the Age of Modernization. The reforms of this age set up the unrest of the masses leading to the event known as Bloody Sunday, the beginning of the failed Russian Revolution of 1905. These reforms brought with them poorer conditions for the already neglected working class, bringing on additional problems to the economic and social rut Russia found itself in due to the ongoing war with Japan in the Russo-Japanese War. Russia’s Bloody Sunday was initiated was led up to by peaceful petitions against Tsar Nicholas II in attempts to get the tsar to address their grievances, but were met by the armed disposition of the Russian troops who fired upon the peaceful protesters, instigating the Russian Revolution of 1905.
Beginning before Tsar Nicholas II, Tsar Alexander II reformed many parts of Russia, in an attempt to bring the nation into a more modern society, including, improving the military and improvements to the governmental system. After the failure that was the Crimean war, Tsar Alexander II saw the drastic need for an improved military, firstly for trained soldiers instead of the serfs who served as cannon fodder throughout the war. To remedy this problem, Alexander issued his Emancipation Manifesto, which freed the serfs, in a combined attempt to alleviate the use of these cannon fodder-like people and the failing economy under the system of serfdom. By doing this, the tsar had hoped he had improved the state of the motherland, but instead, he made life for the average commoner increasingly much more complicated while continuing to serve life on a silver platter for the nobility. With the serfs free, Alexander also began to ena...

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