How Far Was the Provisional Government Responsible for Its Own Downfall?

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Although there are many reasons for the failure of the provisional government, such as the fact they had to share power with the soviets, Lenin’s return, the radicalisation of Russia and the land question. Their decision to continue fighting in the First World War was the most important because of this they lost support from the people and more importantly, from the armed forces, who they relied on to defend them. Therefore you could say that the Provisional Government was definitely responsible for its own downfall.

The biggest problem facing the Provisional Government was the First World War, Russia had already lot Territory in Poland meaning the morale within the armed forces was very low. The continuation of the First World War meant that the Provisional Government lost support from many people. The Provisional Government felt that it was their duty to ensure that Russia continued to fight in the war, additionally Russia owed a large sum money in foreign loans, and the British and French were happy to carry on providing loans as long as Russia continued fighting. Therefore, this influenced the Provisional Governments decision to stay in the war. The continuation of the war brought the Provisional Government into conflict with the Soviet, who had issued n ‘Address to the people of the whole world’ declaring for peace about annexations and indemnities meaning that they would not support the continuation of the war for gaining land or money from opponents. In order to gain support, the Provisional Government planned an offensive on the Eastern Front - ‘June Offensive’ which was made against the Austro -Hungarian army, however the failure of this offensive lead to mass desertion by the Russian troops and the Provisional Government was greatly discredited meaning the Bolsheviks gained support. This was also have said to have led to the July Days, a large street…...

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