Social Unrest in Russia leads to struggles among lower classes, causing general discontent with the tzar (Nicholas II)
Unrest leads to 1905 Revolution, leading Nicholas II to formulate the legislative body called the "State Duma"
Russia enters World War I in 1914 after Austria-Hungary instigates conflict against Serbia, making the war a large drain on Russian resources.
For Serbia!For Freedom!For the Slavic People!
The war cost Russia an intensive amount of materials and lives, such that peasants were struggling and solders were becoming disillusioned. This would be the final straw in Nicholas II's reign.
Russia strains due to WWI
The Bolsheviks rose to power because they promised an end to Russian participation in World War I, land and property to peasants, worker's control of factories, and self-determination for non-Russian nationalists.
The 1917 Russian Revolution saw the Bolsheviks take control of the Russian government. They signed a peace treaty with Germany, set up a temporary democracy, and became engrossed in a civil war against their political and military rivals. They also renamed the nation to the USSR.