How was Russia ripe for revolution in 1917?

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Russia was quite ripe for revolution in 1917.  First, the Russian army had a poor track record that went back to the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-1905.  In WWI the Russian army showed that it learned little from this defeat as its generals were known more on the parade ground and in the czarist court than it was on the battlefield.  The Russian army lost a lot of territory to the Germans after battles such as Tannenberg.  Also, Czar Nicholas II was a poor leader for a nation in crisis.  While he did institute some reforms such as creating a Duma...

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