Russian Revolution of 1917

Russian Revolution of 1917

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  • In March 1917, women textile workers in Petrograd  led to a city strike. For five days, nearly 200,000 people rioted about shortages of bread and fuel. Also yelling "Down with the autocracy" and "Down with the war". At first solders followed orders by shooting rioters but later joined them.
  • In November 1917, without any warnings, armed factory workers stormed the Winter Palace. They called them selves Red Guards and took over government offices and arrested leaders.
  • In October 1917, The second major phase of the Russian Revolution was where the Bolshevik Party took power in Russia. They took control railway stations, telegraph offices, and government buildings. 
  • The Bolsheviks faced a new challenge and that was stamping out there enemies at home.There opponents were the White army who were built up of different groups. Those who wanted the return of the czar and those who wanted a democratic government.The civil war was more deadly than all the other revolutions. Around 14 million Russians died and the Red Army was victories. 
  • In March 1921, Lenin restored a small version of capitalism called the New Economic Policy reformers allowed peasants to sell their surplus crops instead of turning it into the government. 
  • In 1922, Stalin as general secretary of the Communist Party worked to move his supporters into positions power. Lenin believed Stalin was a dangerous man. By 1929 Stalin had total control of the Communist Party and Trotsky was forced in exile. Now Stalin had absolute power with no threat.
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