In the 1800s Russia started to expand its empire but there were demands for reform. Reformers wanted to bring enlightenment ideas, a constitutional government, and social justice. Russia had some reforms but they soon ended.
When the Russians did eventually allow reforms, there were major changes to Russia'a social stances. Before this time, serfs were little more than slaves, but now they were set free. When the serfs were emancipated they went to the cities to find work. Because they did not have any land at the time, they settled there. So now it was not just the Lords and soilders and ladies in the cities, but many lower class people as well. One of the biggest changes, however, was in the form of politics. This was when the radical political parties were formed.
There were a lot of problems between the Russians and their people. The people use their feelings and turn them into a revolution. A Duma [ Elected National Legislature ] was made, and it would make sure laws were put into place that actually mattered. The Russians felt awesome when they defeated Napoleon's army, so they used that to try and fight others. That when they realized they were weak and they had only defeated Napoleon because of homefield advantage. For a second they thought they were on top, and were great. That is a moment that they felt Russian.
During this time period Rusia was at war with itself because a revolution had started at the end of World War I. It all started because Russian Revolutionaries had assasinated the currant Tsar leading his son (the new tsar) to brutally opress his people so the revolution began. Also Russia had been at war with other countries in World War I but the Revolution had pulled them and Nicholas the II (the grandson of the assainated tsar and currant tsar) out of the World War and into the Russian Revolution.
All of these changes in Russia are important because even though they were opossed to change at the start they turned their country around. This shows us that even when Russia is behind the rest of the world they can make a major comback and sort everything out.
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