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.
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Bolsheviks' Seizure of Power in 1917 There are many factors that help explain how and why the Bolsheviks managed to seize power in 1917. It was a combination of long and short term causes that together, created a revolution. The political system itself was long overdue for reform, but with a weak Tsar, the economic and social conditions became worse and worse. In 23 years, Nicholas II dropped from the glorious ‘Little Father of Russia’ to prisoners of his own country, hatred and despised by the majority, for the suffering and unhappiness he had helped create. There were many long-term causes that gradually led up to the revolution in 1917.