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The Russian Revolution and the First World War

November 20, 2012

V.I. Lenin speaking to a crowd in Petrograd during the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution

Here are several questions on the Russian Revolution and its consequences for the First World War written by your classmate, Seon Samuel. Remember to answer at least one of these with a response of a paragraph or more.

  • Do you think the Bolshevik Revolution was good for wartime Russia? If yes, then why? If not, why?
  • Also, if this revolution did not occur, do you think the outcome of the war would have been significantly different? And if so, how?
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ksenia Kurtseva permalink
    November 21, 2012 1:34 pm

    The Bolshevik Revolution became possible largely because of the World War I, since the weapons ended up in the hands of millions of soldiers, the majority of whom supported the Bolsheviks. On the other hand, the Bolshevik Revolution betrayed Russia’s obligations to its alias, who were planing to fight German aggression together, but, most importantly, the Bolshevik’s betrayed the interests of its own country and its people because they used German money to prepare and actualize the overtaking of power from the Temporary government. All in all, the Bolshevik Revolution at the end of World War I was a negative factor in the positive development of the Russian society.

  2. Syed permalink
    November 24, 2012 1:08 am

    During the Great war Russian was having some internal conflicts. Russian faced some famine and popular appeal was withdrawal from the war. Germany used this chance and helped Lenin to arrange a revolution by taking help from Bolsheviks. I don’t think that the Bolshevik revolution was good for wartime Russian but I also think that it was necessary because the war would have created more famine in Russia and by withdrawing from the war Russian got a chance to handle their internal conflicts. Russia was forced to accept The “Treaty of Breast-Litovsk” which was a disgraceful and bitter treaty with Germany.
    I think that if the revolution didn’t happened than the war could have much been harder for Germany because the departure of Russian from the war allowed the German to concentrate only on the western border.

  3. Peter Fiorentino permalink
    December 12, 2012 10:32 am

    I think the Bolshevik Revolution was good for wartime Russia because without it the people of Russia would have starved. At the time of this war the people of Russia happened to be going going through an awful famine but through all of this revolution mayhem, it actually managed to help being an end to the awful famine that plagued Russia. The way that The Bolshevik Revolution was considered to be a negative was that it brought Russia as a culture and people back hundreds of years in terms of culture.

  4. Richard Cabral permalink
    December 18, 2012 4:34 am

    Honestly the Revolution was bad for a wartime Russia, because a country can not be expected to fight not only its own people but other nations too. This war turned its people against one another which turned its peoples attention from other pressing matters. Also if this revolution didn’t happen then the war could have gone in a totally different way. Such as if the Communist had won the seat of power without blood and the nation stood behind them, Russia’s might could have turned the war and defeated the allies especially if they helped take down Europe.

  5. Stephanie Tsoi permalink
    December 20, 2012 2:33 am

    Before Lenin and the Bolsheviks took control, Russia was already in a state of chaos with disintegrating armies, food shortages and mutiny which all led to street demonstrations and strikes. The conclusion of this led Tsar Nicholas 2 abdicate his throne and for the first time in Russian history there ceased to be a monarchy. It then led to the separation of two powers : the provisional government and the petrograd soviet. The petrograd soviet wanted peace for Russia. The Bolshevik soon took over and made the decision to withdraw from the war by signing The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany. I think that it was a good idea that the Bolshevik took over because people in Russia were getting restless.

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