Russias participation in the first world war was the main re

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Russia's participation in the First World War was not the main reason for the collapse of the tsarist system. It was merely the spark that ignited all the problems that had been brewing for some time under the tsarist regime. The strain of world war one, for which Russia was not prepared, the pressure of the opposition parties, which increasingly used personal abuse as a weapon against the imperial family, general unrest and constant agitation of the Russian workers and peasants, famine and poor leadership were all factors that proved too great a strain on the absolutist society. The downfall of Russia was due to its failure to handle the intense problems that had been intensified by the war.

Although Russia's economy had somewhat boomed from 1861 “ 1913 it still was not strong enough to support a war. "There can certainly be no doubt that the war will require expenditures exceeding Russia's limited financial resources (Morcombe and Fielding, 1998, page 59).

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