Late Tsarist Russia
Late Tsarist Russia (4 September 1905)
Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union
Dissatisfaction with the Tsarist government and its handling of the war with Japan resulted in unrest across Russia. Desperate for peace, the Russians accepted the loss of Port Arthur, southern Sakhalin, and the South Manchurian Railway.
1905 Russian Revolution
On Sunday, 22 January (later known as Bloody Sunday), troops guarding the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, Russian Empire, open fire on the demonstrators attempting to deliver a petition to Tsar Nicholas II, causing hundreds of deaths. The event inspires strikes and protests across the Empire, bringing the Russian economy to its knees. On 30 October the Tsar agrees to grant reforms and the revolution slowly winds down, although revolts continue into December.