Russian Revolution part 1

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  • Russia's poor economy
  • Russian military failures in WW1
  • Russian people removing Czar Nicholas from power
  • Russia did not have sufficient food, reliable housing, or adequate roads to support their people. Russia's army was poorly equipped and poorly led.
  • Government attempting setup after the removal of Czar
  • Russia's losses were enormous which caused more taxes, debts, and rent. This also led to the people to lose faith in their government. 
  • Soviet party and what they wanted
  • Strikes and violence broke out into the streets. When Duma demanded government reforms Czar refused. In march 1917 Czar gave up the throne and soon after him and his family were imprisoned. 
  • Bolsheviks
  • The Petrograd Soviet had been created at this time. They wanted a more radical change and they were socialists. They believed that political equality must be paired with economic equality.
  • Many people had agreed on the views that the Petrograd Soviet had agreed on and many other groups had formed around Russia. They wanted immediate peace and land reforms.
  • The leader was Vladimir Lenin who was a revolutionary socialist. He demanded that governing power be turned over to the soviets. Lenin started the basis of communism.
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