First I want to say that both beginnings of the French and Russian Revolutions have two major similarities, Economic crisis and Constitutional Monarch governments. Second I think that all revolutions have three stages. I think the French Revolution did go through the three stages but I don’t think that the Russian Revolution had the same three stages. I think in the French Revolution you can clearly see the liberal in the Constitution of 1791, the radical in the Constitution of 1793, and the conservative in the Constitution of 1795. In the Russian Revolution the stages are hidden in February and October Revolutions and the their Civil War.
Well you can start off with Russia in 1915 before all the revolutions. Nicholas II, a very incompetent leader, and not the smartest one either during a time of bad economic crisis. So that didn’t help the government at all, not to mention they were fighting in WWI with half of the skilled workers fighting. While fighting in WWI, Nicholas thought that the troops would fight harder if he were leading them. While Nicholas was fighting he left Tsarina Alexandra in charge of Russia. The problem with this is that she made horrible decisions, partly because of Rasputin (a monk, or faith healer), She would hear different sides of the argument and then the last person to talk to her would make her mind up for her. So Rasputin would basically just wait to be the last person to talk to her so that way he could get stuff done in the government. But this earned him a bad reputation and got him assassinated. This would lead to increasing problems and the start of a revolution.
The February Revolution (really in Marc...
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...nters the picture, becoming a general of the military and putting down revolts. He becomes dictator in 1779 and Emperor in 1804. He uses parts of the Revolution, all political offices by talent and ability and keeps noble’s privleges abolished so that none could raise up to challenge him. He also solves financial crisis, he just refuses to pay all debts to other countries. He creates Code Napolean that guarantees personal liberty, religious freedom and poor position for women.
To conclude both of these Revolutions had three stages: liberal, radical, and conservative. Both happened in much different ways of government and different times. But for the same reasons and under the same circumstances a government has to change and evolve with the time and the people. I’m interested where the from of government now will go after we find the full effect of the Internet.
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