The revolution was provoked not only by Russian military failures during the First World War, but also by public dissatisfaction with the way the country was being run on the Home Front. The economic challenges Russia faced fighting a total war also contributed. Image: Wounded Russian soldiers retreating from the front
Russia’s February Revolution Begins. On March 8, 1917, the female factory workers of Petrograd began striking and rioting in response to food shortages and government oppression. Other Petrograd residents soon joined in the demonstrations, which forced Czar Nicholas II to abdicate a week later.
Revolutionary barricades on Liteyny Prospekt, Petrograd, Russia, 27 February 1917. The February Revolution led to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II and the collapse of imperial Russia. A provisional government was established which effectively shared pow