Directions: Label each of these factors political, economic or social
1. Russia had focused on a strong army and expanding its territories and now had a large country of many different nationalities.
2. Small section of the population was well-educated and traveled around Europe.
3. Previous attempts at revolution had occurred including a failed attempt in 1825, an assassination of the czar in 1881 and a failed revolution in 1905.
4. The response of the czars to attempts at revolution or reformation were to become more strict and repressive in their ruling, requiring loyalty to the country and the Russian Orthodox Church.
5. Majority of population are poor peasants who do not own the land that they farm.
6. Russia industrializes in the late 1800s. Working conditions in the factories were similar to those in England during the start of their Industrial Revolution.
7. An unarmed group of protesters led by a priest in 1905 who are loyal to the czar but want there to be reforms in the system, are shot down by the czar’s army.
8. Beginning in 1914 the Russians are fighting in World War I, causing a huge number of deaths for Russian soldiers and food shortages for Russians at home.
9. Ideas of democracy, socialism and communism are preached to the peasants at rallies and meetings.
10. Czar Nicholas II believes he rules by divine right, or because God chose him to rule.