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   Why did the Provisional Government last for only 8 months?

The Provisional Government faced many problems:

∙  inflation and hunger in the towns,

∙  peasant riots in the countryside,

∙  a failing war,

∙  Bolshevik and Tsarist revolutionaries and

∙  (most of all) a rival government in the Petrograd Soviet.

After 8 months - having failed to solve ANY of these problems and having made many of them worse - it collapsed.

  

The Provisional Government

       

  

  

The Provisional Government's Problems

  

1. The Petrograd Soviet

  

2. The War and its effects

  

  

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The Provisional Government

Make notes about:

   The structure, powers and plans of the government

   Leading members (e.g. Lvov and Kerensky)

The Petrograd Soviet

Make notes about:

   The structure, powers and plans of the Soviet

   Order Number 1 and its significance

   Why it was a threat to the Provisional Government

   What the Provisional Government did to solve the problem of the Petrograd Soviet

The War

Make notes about:

   Military initiatives and defeats

   The effects of the war at home (inflation/ hunger/ dislocation)

   What the Provisional Government did to solve the problem of the war

The Growth of the Bolsheviks

Make notes about:

   The return of Lenin and the April theses

   The July Days

   The Bolshevik success during the Kornilov Rebellion

   The Bolshevik takeover of the Petrograd Soviet

   What the Provisional Government did to solve the problem of the Bolsheviks

The Kornilov Rebellion

Make notes about:

   Kornilov and his resources

   Events of the rebellion

   What the Provisional Government did to solve the problem of the Bolsheviks

   Effects of the Rebellion