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The foremost difference is that the 1905 failed while the 1917 succeeded. The 1905 seems to have been unplanned, beginning with a mutiny aboard a Black Sea Fleet battleship, and the 1917 was both planned and well coordinated according to Marxist doctrine. Both revolutions happened in proximity with Russian wars, but the war with Germany was likely more devastating for the Russian people than the war with Japan.

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The differences between the 1905 revolution and the "1917 revolution" must be looked at keeping in mind that there were two separate revolutions in 1917.

As to the 1905 revolution was not a true revolution in the sense that the people of Russia were looking to overthrow the Tsarist government.

Nevertheless, there was some planning to it in the sense that Father Georgy Gapon organized a march of over a hundred thousand people to bring petitions of grievances to the Tsar at the Winter Palace. They were marching peacefully even chanting patriotic songs; but the Tsar ordered a Cossack cavalry unit to ride through the crowd killing people. Then he ordered his palace guard to fire their rifles into the crowd. This disregard for human life then spurred the crowd into a spontaneous demonstration and strike which spread to workers, soldiers and peasants elsewhere. It became a full scale riot but not truly a revolution. The Tsar was forced to concede to create a democratically elected legislature and promise many new civil liberties. That satisfied the people and they stopped rioting. It wasn't successful in in getting rid of the government, but it was never intended to do that.

In 1917 there was the February Revolution and the October Revolution. The February Revolution was totally unplanned. It began in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) with a demonstration by several women complaining about food shortages. It quickly spread to other areas of the city and to workers, soldiers and peasants and then to other cities as well. Then it got out of hand and the Tsar was forced to abdicate. It was all very surprising, in fact Lenin was in Switzerland at the time and didn't even know about it until it was all over.

The October Revolution was planned very carefully by the Bolsheviks. They seized key rail and telegraph stations in all the large cities simultaneously and paralyzed the Provisional Government. It was more like a military coup than a popular rebellion.

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What was an unsuccessful revolution?

The Russian Revolution of 1905 wasn't successful until 1917.

When did Russian citizens first tried to revolt in?

In Russia the first revolution was in 1905.

Was Karl Marx alive when The Russian Revolution happened?

No. Marx died in 1883. The Russian Revolution. which was a series of three revolutions came later. The first revolution was in 1905, but was little more than a series of labor strikes. The second revolution was actually two in one which occurred in February 1917 and October 1917. The third revolution was a revolution against the Bolsheviks who took power in the October 1917 revolution. This one failed.

Who lived in the Winter Palace?

The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia was home to the Russian monarchs. In 1905 after the events Bloody Sunday the Russian monarch moved to Alexander Palace.

What was the incident called when Russian troops fired on protesters in 1905?

The incident leading to the Russian Revolution of 1905 was called "Bloody Sunday." A mass of peaceful demonstrators had been walking toward a bridge to the Tsar's Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Before they got there Russian Cossack cavalry charged through the crowd killing unarmed civilians until they rode all the way through the crowd. Then they rode back through once again. After that, Russian infantry fired volley after volley into the crowd until it dispersed. The incident touched off the 1905 Revolution in which Tsar Nicholas II promised to institute a national parliament called the Duma.

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Answer this question…Both revolutions stemmed from frustration with the czarist system.

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Answer this question…Both revolutions stemmed from frustration with the czarist system.

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The Russian Revolution of 1905 led to limits on the czar's power, but the Russian Revolution of 1917 ended the czarist system altogether.

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At the time of the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and March and November 1917 the majority of Russians were peasants. The number of industrial workers was very small by comparison.

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Differences in Russian and french revolution?

Both the French and Russian revolutions occurred because of two main reasons. Both of these revolutions were the direct results of bad leadership and a bad economy. These two reasons along with other factors caused both of these revolutions. Although they were both similar, they also had differences. A difference between the two is that the Russians had an unsuccessful "pre-revolution" in 1905. Another difference between these two revolutions is the fact that the French turned towards a democracy while the Russian government became communist. Both the French and Russian revolutions had similar causes but ended up with different results. Both of these countries had different internal factors which cause the results. The Russians had Lenin and the French had the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. I would also like to point out 1 more similarity between these two revolutions and that is the fact that both Czar Nicholas II and King Louis XVI were executed soon after the revolutionaries took power. It's just strange to see how two similar countries with so many similar reasons for revolting would end up with so very different governments. this is one of the differences.there were many more.

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What was another name for the Russian Revolution of 1905?

There was no revolution in Russia in 1905. There was the Russian Bloody Sunday,but that was just a tragic event, not a war.

When did the polish revolution happen?

The Revolution of the Kingdom of Poland happened between 1905 and 1907 and was part of the Russian Revolution.