The Major Cause Of The Russian Revolution

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In 1917, there were many major world events going on. World War I was under place and had been since 1914. There were civil rights movements in the United States. A worldwide influenza epidemic had broken out. The Chicago White Sox won the world series against the New York Giants. During the year 1917, there was also a major revolution in Russia. The people of Russia split themselves into several political groups, all fighting over how the government should be run. One of these groups was the Bolshevik party. They were a communist party and ended up taking over Russia by the end of the revolution. For the revolution to begin and finally end with a communist power in Russia, there needed to be causes. The three major causes of the Russian Revolution were Russia’s participation in World War I, an unstable government and Vladimir Lenin. The first factor that led to the 1917 Russian Revolution and the communist government that followed was Russia’s participation in World War I. When Russia first entered the war in 1914, they were confident, but their economy and political and social states were not doing well enough to sustain a war. At the time, Czar Nicholas Romanov II was the leader of Russia. Russia had an autocracy for a government, which meant Nicholas had all the power. He appointed his cousin, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, to be the commander-in-chief of the Russian army for World War I. Nikolaevich had never been a commander before, but Nicholas still chose him
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