How the Soviet Union came to be

How the Soviet Union came to be

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  • As Russia realized that they must industrialize in order to catch up to the rest of the world, they began on the project of the Trans-Siberian Railway. This told the people of Russia that industrialization was necessary. With the increase in industrialization, people saw new problems such as poor working conditions, poor wages, and child labor.
  • When Russia broke the agreements over territories with Japan during the Russo-Japanese War this sent Russia down a road of losses. These losses would really show the people of Russia that their country needed to be stronger. 
  • Bloody Sunday was one of the first revolutions where we saw the Russians wanting a better life for themselves. When 200,000 workers and farmers approached the czar's Winter Palace, they were immediately shot at by the orders of Nicholas II. Nicholas II allowed the first parliament, but quickly disbanded it. This was the first time where Russians saw that in order to get change they must act for it. 
  • When Russia entered World War I, they were by no means ready for war. Their military was outmatched to the advanced militaries of Germany. Russian soldiers saw that it was nearly impossible to win the war, many would mutiny or not follow orders. At the home front resources and faith was dwindling. 
  • In March, 1917, riots erupted that forced Czar Nicholas II to step down. The rule of the Romanovs collapsed as temporary governments rose. Temporary governments were proven to be weak and not stable. The idea of Communism rose and eventually become more popular than the temporary governments.
  • As the temporary government fell civil unjust was taking place. The Bolsheviks and the White army were at civil war. The White army wanted a return to the Czar rule while the Bolsheviks wanted to a non Czar rule. The Bolsheviks would prove to be victorious and pave the wave for the Communist Party
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