The Government Challenged: May—July 1917

  • Evan Mawdsley
Part of the Studies in Russian and East European History book series (SREEHS)


The Russian Provisional Government enjoyed general popularity only briefly. The ministers of the government formed on the morrow of the February Revolution were nearly all members of the centre parties; the sole exception was Aleksandr Kerensky. The coalition of 5 May brought in five more moderate socialists, but the balance of power still lay with the so-called ‘ten minister-capitalists’, whose number included the Minister-President and the Foreign Minister. The government seemed incapable of pushing the revolution forward. The war continued, and by late June Russia was more ensnared in it that ever before. The economy was in a terrible state. Little progress was being made towards land reform. The imperial family was under house arrest in the palace at Tsarskoe Selo, and retired tsarist officials were receiving state pensions.


Foreign Minister Russian Revolution House Arrest Revolutionary Action Party Discipline 
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