Comparing The 1917 Revolution And The Soviet Revolution

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The 1917 revolution and the Bolsheviks rise to power had a good and bad impact on national minorities, depending on a certain area’s culture, religion and rituals. The revolution caused policy changes that had a huge impact on how the Russian government dealt with ethnic minorities. The two minority national groups I will be focusing on are the Turkic and the Uzbekistan peoples. The Turkic and Uzbekistan minorities faced major changes when the Bolsheviks came into power. These two minority groups had very different experiences when it came to the new Russian policies toward education, socialism and how they conducted everyday life. The forced loyalty the Tsar had required was gone and a new policy of Korenizatsiya was implemented under the Bolshevik government. Korenizatsiya was a policy of integrating people to the Russian way of life from the Russian language to Russian laws and education of the Bolshevik government. The goal of the Bolshevik government was to eventually unify the many different national minority groups into larger territorial groups and great a unified Russia, which spoke the same language and had the same socialist values. Two minority national groups that changed throughout the 1920s were the Uzbekistanis and Turkic people. They experienced Bolshevik rule differently from one and other and government policy changed their way of life. The women of Uzbekistan welcomed the new Soviet government. The Soviet government ended women’s seclusion in the workforce. The Soviet policy of hujum was a policy that was meant to “create a new soviet person “and change everyday life in Uzbekistan. The Soviet policy of hujum caused a stir during a celebration of international women’s day March 8, 1927. Chatterjee writes, “thou... ... middle of paper ... ... used to plow the land. The farmers seem to be enjoying themselves as they work together and farm the land. Turkic peoples gained a lot of technological advancements joining the Soviet Union, but lost a lot of their cultural identity like their religious mosques. In conclusion the Bolshevik government and later the Soviet government implemented policies of Korenizatsiya to unite the minority groups from the ground up, gender equality and allowing women to work and through the policy of Hujum caused major changes for Uzbekistan and Turkic peoples. Turkic minorities got improved technology like tractors and started to focus on education. In contrast, The Uzbekistani minorities had a hard time integrating into the Soviet way of life. The Soviet influence on nationalist minorities proved to be a mixed bag making life for the Turkic and Uzbekistani people better and worse.
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