The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx

2006 WordsMar 25, 20169 Pages
In his Communist Manifesto Karl Marx claimed that “the history of all hithertho existing society is the history of class struggles… the proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.” In Russia, the proletariat class did in fact win; the year 1917 marked the beginning of a new era that for centuries has been ruled by the Romanov dynasty, a period during which the country produced some of the greatest poets, writers, painters and philosophers of all times. This great empire was radically transformed from tsarist autocracy to communism in the span of only a couple of months. The socialist workers, the Bolsheviks, that were able to seize the opportunity and overtake power, placed Russia on a path that forever altered the course of history and destroyed the lives of many citizens. Certainly, the Bolsheviks were not the only ones to blame for the changes that took place. Tsar Nicholas II’s leadership proved to be completely inefficient – he essentially allowed the working class to fully embrace their long-held desires to alter the political regime in Russia. Historians J.D. Smele and Bob McKean agree that the outbreak of the First World War simply expedited the rise of pre-existing trends, which have emerged as a result of shortfalls of Nicholas’s rule. Consequently, for at least a decade leading up to 1917 the workers were tempted to rise up against Nicholas and the ruling elite and in their view, establish a social order that should have in
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