Russian Revolution of 1917

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A great struggle went on in Russia in the early 1900s. The Russian people were being oppressed by the Czarist government, just as African-Americans in the early 20th century were being oppressed by segregation. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, the Russian people dreamed of revolution. One day they might be able to own their own farms and their own cows. They had a chance to make all this happen one day. The city of Petrograd burst with protest, and the workers opened the doors to freedom and prosperity. How long the feeling of hope would last, they did not know. One thing was certain though, the Revolution changed Russian history forever.

In the early 20th century, Russia was a land where the majority of the people were poor. Russia was under the autocratic rule of the Czar. Czar Nicholas II had absolute power, and could do whatever he wished. He could promote someone to the highest ranks in the army, or demote someone to the lowest ranks. Although he could do anything, he had his problems. He was an inadequate military leader and did nothing to help the growing peasant population. He even admitted that he “knew absolutely nothing about matters of state” (Kort 25). In 1904 he sent Russia to war with Japan. Russia suffered over 400,000 casualties. The population of Russia was not very happy with this defeat in a war they did not want to fight. Prices of bread, which average people could already scarcely afford, skyrocketed. The people revolted against the government in 1905. A big player in the revolution was a group known as the Social Democrats. The Czar ended the rebellion relatively quickly, but already a sign of the Czar’s waning power began to emerge. He signed the October Manifesto which promised civil li...

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...articipation in WWI. After this they tried to work on other internal problems.

The abdication of the Czar’s throne marked an important day for Russians. The Bolsheviks and workers created the revolution they had always dreamed of. As African-Americans in the US fought for what they knew was right, so did the workers in Russia. They had the chance to do something great, and they succeeded. They put an end to 300 years of Czardom and changed Russian and world events forever.

Works Cited

Halliday, E.M. Russia in Revolution. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1967.

Kort, Michael. The Soviet Colossus. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2006.

Salisbury, Harrison E. Russia in Revolution 1900-1930. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1978.

Thackeray, Frank W. Events That Changed Russia Since 1855. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007.
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