The February Revolution
The immediate causes of the February Revolution
Identify what were the causes and consequences of the February Revolution?
Worksheet: Why was Tsar Nicholas II forced to abdicate in 1917?
How far does Source C support the evidence of Source B about the situation in Petrograd in February 1917? Explain your answer. (8 marks)
"This is a hooligan element. Young people run about and shout that there is no bread simply to create excitement. Workers are preventing others from working. If the weather were very cold they would all probably stay at home. But all this will pass and become calm, if only the duma will behave itself.”
From a letter sent by Tsarina Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas II, 26 February 1917, explaining the growing unrest in Petrograd
"The situation is serious. The government is paralysed; the transportation system has broken down; the supply systems for food and fuel are completely disorganised. Discontent is on the increase. There is wild shooting in the streets and some of the troops are firing at each other. It is necessary that someone enjoying the confidence of the country should be given the job of forming a new government straight away. There can be no delay.”
A message from the President of the duma to Tsar Nicholas II, 27 February 1917.