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									Lacked initiative, and torn by
                                      Army discipline collapsed, particularly after
personal rivalries.
                                      the decision to continue with the war –
                                      desertions increased significantly.
Concessions backfired –
lifting restrictions on                                      Failure to relieve
censorship relinquished                                      the worst social and
power over public opinion –                                  economic problems
crucial; when the decision to                                led to the
continue the war was made.                                   radicalisation of the
                                    Why did the              workers, in the form
Reforms backfired – by               Provisional             of committees and
replacing provincial                Government               soviets. It created a
governors with elected              fail in 1917?
                                                             sense of class
zemstva in the                                               consciousness,
countryside, it allowed                                      which the
peasant committees and                                       Bolsheviks could
soviets to develop.                                          exploit.
The Milyukov scandal                Lenin’s April Theses identified
discredited the leadership of the   the Bolsheviks as a the group
Provisional Government, and its     ready to exploit the
ability to satisfy all classes of   weaknesses of the Provisional
Russians.                           Government.

								
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