1. zmartin
    19 September, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

    I really liked this post and the war you fully tied WWI into the revolution of 1917. It was very informative. I find it ironic how there were so many deserters in the army who went home to claim land because if they had lost the war to the Germans then they probably wouldn’t have any and to claim anyway.

  2. oliva2015
    16 September, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    Great post. This really outlines the military conditions and factors that lead in to the revolution very well. It really seems like Russia kept getting involved in wars way over their head militarily. If their crushing defeat in the Russo-Japanese war didn’t prove to them that they were behind the rest of the world militarily, they then decided to take on Germany and the Austro-Hungarians, both far more advanced and professional armies than the Japanese. These engagements which seem foolishly un-winnable certainly pushed the Russian people in the direction of revolution.

  3. A. Nelson
    16 September, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    What a fine post! Looking at the significance of WWI in terms of the overall arc of the revolutions (1905-17) yields many good insights, among them, the importance of Order No. 1 to the collapse of the autocracy and the emergence of Dual Power. Nicely done!

  4. mikegancio
    15 September, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    Nice post. This was enjoyable because it hit on a bunch of events but did so chronologically and connected them together. You raise an interesting point considering if the Tsar could have retained power were it not for the military failures. I think you’re right they may have been able to hold power longer but the revolution would probably have just been delayed until some later catalyst set it off.

    • A. Lengyel
      16 September, 2014 @ 10:34 am

      I agree. What I was trying to say was that the logistics of the war put a strain on the entire economy. Feeding, clothing, arming, and supplying millions of troops at a time diverted many resources that could have been vital to economic development and growth. This economic strain is what put a majority of the populace into dire straits. Regime change I feel was inevitable, but were it not for the war I do not feel that it would have happened at that time or in such a way.

  5. Jimmy Jewett
    15 September, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    This is a great comprehensive outline and analysis of Russian military history during the decade following the revolutions of 1905 and the October Manifesto. When looking at Russian involvement in World War I in a vacuum, it appears that they simply were in no way ready for a war of such magnitude. In reality, while the the Russians may not have been as well trained or equipped as the Austria-Hungarians and Germans, they had the advantage of size on their side, along with the fact they had not fully demilitarized following the Russo-Japanese War. However, their military involvement’s impact on Russian social history is unmistakable and contributed greatly to the end of the Romanov Dynasty.

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