The Russian Revolution was a massive failure because of Stalin's purge that killed millions of people, similar to what Hitler did in the Holocaust, as well as the new economic principal of Communism that emerged, practically destroying the economies of much of Eastern Europe and causing many conflicts, some of which are still unresolved to this day. In the eyes of Vladimir Lenin, the revolution was a great success because his party, the Bolsheviks, won. The Marxist ideas of Communism looked good on paper but were not applied well in actuality. Though Lenin had some positive impact, such as dramatically improving the literacy rate, his institution of the Cheka began the Red Terror that eventually led the country to a civil war that killed many people as well as nearly destroying the economy. Famine was widespread due to the policy of food requisition initiated by Lenin and working conditions were deplorable. During this period of history, Lenin became a totalitarian leader restricting the people in everything from religion to work hours. After Lenin died, the resultant struggle for power between his three major leaders turned the course of history. Joseph Stalin, Gregory Zinoviev, and Lev Kamenev remained, but Stalin had no intention of sharing the power with his comrades. Instead, he was able to get them kicked them out of office and eventually had them executed. Stalin, following in Lenin’s footsteps, then began to purge Russia of all his political enemies by using the GPU, the Russian Secret Police, to round them up and dispose of them in Concentration Camps. This purge was extended to include “specialists,” entrepreneurs, religious leaders, kulaks, and basically anyone who Stalin perceived to be able to threaten his regime, included large numbers of peasants who revolved due to his policy of mass collectivization. When his purge was done, millions of people were dead just because of their political views or lifestyles. This event is similar to Hitler's Holocaust which has led some people to call Stalin the Russian Hitler. After Stalin's purge, the Soviet Union went through a period of growth up to the Second World War, but faced considerable hardship during the war years.
After the war, Russia…
“Why the Russian Monarchy Fell”
The Revolution of March 1917 was without a doubt the consequence of the monarchy. It was necessary to preserve the country from the subsequent anarchy and from the despotic terrorism of the Bolsheviks. But all the attempts were too late. The dissolution of monarchy caused the fall of the Romanov dynasty. The collapse of the government could have been avoided if there had been a well organized palace revolution no later than the winter of 1916, which would free the…
which on the eve of the outbreak of this conflict, Russia was in a strong stable state. This essay will examine that Russia was an economic success, but was a political and social failure by 1914. It will also stress the interlinked nature of these things as Nicholas II tried to recover his authority after the 1905 revolution.
In economic terms it can be argued that Russia enjoyed, overall, considerable successes by 1914. By 1909 the economy was booming again and the last few years of the tsarist economy…
popularity during the First World War best explained?
During the First World War, many factors contributed to the Tsar’s downfall which also played a major role in the lead up to the February Revolution, 1917; such as the difficult living conditions, the role of the Tsarina and Rasputin, military failures and the failure to make political reforms. Many ideas, motives and events caused the loss in the Tsar’s popularity. I think the most important factor that lead to the Tsar’s downfall was because of the…
innocent and the fear of tomorrow; in the American and Russian revolution, this was the recipe for freedom. For far too long, the people of America and Russia had been supressed and exploited by their super powers and in turn, a revolution was found necessary to build a new future, but as Thomas Jefferson says “Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.” The American revolution of 1772 and the Russian revolution of 1917 were generally designed to liberate people…
the outbreak of the French Revolution.
Tennis Court Oath
There was another Estates General meeting, between all 3 estates, as the one in previous years had been cancelled. Louis XVI canceled the Estates General meeting. A new assembly was created (the third estate) who decided to meet in another part of the castle, the tennis courts. During the Tennis Court Oath (June 20th, 1789), they decided to write France a constitution. This was the second stage of the revolution.
The King initially opposed…
Mr. Banick 6th hour
19 April, 2014
One of George Orwell’s goals in writing Animal Farm was to portray the Russian Revolution of 1917 as one that resulted in a government more oppressive, totalitarian, and unequal than the one it overthrew. Mr. Jones is based on Tsar Nicholas II, who was the last Russian emperor. During his rule, the Russian people experienced terrible poverty and uproar, marked by the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1905 when unarmed protesters demanding social…
The Russian Revolution 1917
The Russian revolution of 1917 is no doubt one event that changed the course of history for the Russian people. This essay will examine its causes particularly focusing on the root causes which the Russian people endured for many years and the consequences they faced. It will also evaluate the differences in views of historians and their interpretations to help understand the historical events.
The causes of the Russian revolution back dates to its defeat…
blame on Tsar
* Led into the 1905 revolution and 1917 February Revolution
Revolution of 1905
* Bloody Sunday want Tsar to improve conditions and have a constitutional monarchy, not completely autocratic monarchy (liberals & intellectuals).
* Economy sucks
* Upset b/c of the Russo-Japanese war.
* Port Arthur Lost
* Russian Baltic Fleet lost battle
* Russian Army defeated at Mukden (lost 80k men)…
The 1956 Hungarian Revolution’s Impact on the Fall of Communism
Contemporary History (HIST410)
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was the epitome of the Cold War as most of Eastern Europe was struggling under Soviet rule. Hungarians where hoping that the death of Stalin in 1953 would relinquish soviet occupation, but this did not happen. In a similar situation, Poland was granted some rights after street protests erupted. Students and workers in Hungary…