When one shakes an apple tree and the apples break off and come cascading down, what "causes- them to fall? Is it the shaking of the tree, which loosens the bonds of the apples to the branch? Is it the ripeness of the fruit, which without immediate intervention would have caused them to fall, sooner or later? Or, is it the force of gravity, which causes objects to fall downward to earth? When dealing with human events, we find that there are intrinsically similar levels of explanation, from the most concrete to the most abstract. We find that any sole reason cannot be the whole truth, but each is responsible for the final effect in certain measure. The causes of the Russian Revolution of 1917 have been significantly misconceived and misconstrued in the annals of history because each analytic entity that places the events under its own scrutiny asserts its own absolute stance on the truth, with blindness towards other factors than theirs. With a complex dynamic such as that of 1917 Russia at hand, the true cause can only be an amalgam of various forces. Yet, considering the analogy of the apple tree, it would be most logical to attribute the ultimate effect to the shaking of the tree. So too, in the case of the Revolution is it important to find the immediate catalysts that tear the apples from the branch. Despite the conception of history that the Russian Revolution was caused by prevalent social and economic forces, it was truly effected by the state of anarchy in the Russian government and the ruthless opportunism and ideology of the Bolshevik Party enabling them to seize the reigns of power. .
Always in the modern history of revolutions there seems to be during the course of events great social or economic turbulence, which causes the masses to be discontent and leads to extreme actions with serious repercussions. Pointing to these phenomena exclusively goes along with the notion of the inevitability of the collapse tsarism, as it if it doomed to implode from the beginning regardless of every other factor, in due time.