The Russian Bolshevik Revolution And The Soviet Revolution

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Revolution provides some of the most dynamic and complex parts of history. New countries and governing systems arise from revolution, and these changes not only affect said countries, but also the rest of the world. In the case of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, the political changes that occurred sent the rest of the world into panic, as they sensed a dangerous threat to their political and social systems. With social and political issues tracing back to 1891, the conditions of Russia in 1917 provided Lenin with the perfect substance for revolution, as boundless displeasures with the Russian war involvement, a failing economy, and a decline in living conditions during World War I created an environment in which his ideas and messages met little opposition and much accord. The first step toward inevitable revolution occurred with Nicholas II’s ascension to the throne, as he declared his intentions to maintain his father’s form of monarchy, much to the dismay of the majority of Russia. The roots of revolution took hold in 1891 during Alexander III’s reign, three years prior to Nicholas’s ascension to the throne. The government, at that time under the leadership of Nicholas’s father, Alexander III, responded insufficiently to the famine that began during 1891. The government purportedly held back food relief pending the confirmation of statistical evidence stating that the people of Russia could not provide food for themselves. The inaction of the government to help

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