How far was popular dissatisfaction with the Provisional Government responsible for its overthrow in October/November 1917?

The following are the reasons for the fall of Provincial Government:

  • The most unpopular decision taken by the Provincial Government was to continue with the war and then sent hundreds of troops home affecting the morale of the army.
  • The Provincial government shared the power with the Petrograd soviet which was a committee of elected soldiers and workers. When the soviets orders the soldiers to obey them then the government could not rely on the army.
  • The government delayed the elections and not distributing the land of large estates among peasants as it was promised.
  • There was economic crises in which the basic needs of the people were not satisfied.
  • As the troops were loyal to Bolsheviks and people also supported them.
Question for UPSC Mains:
How far was popular dissatisfaction with the Provisional Government responsible for its overthrow in October/November 1917?

Published: March 20, 2017 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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