Mike Massoud

Period 1

December 5, 2002

 

The Russian Revolution began in nineteen hundred seventeen. Like the French Revolution, it started with something small, the bread riots. The bread riots started in the capitol because World War I was draining supplies from consumers to the military. But this was not going to be some little riot, it was going to change into a full scale continental wide revolution that would turn its country into a world power for over 70 years.

When the First World War ravaged the world, Russia was hard hit. It was second in it's losses of human lives and first in injuries. The supply output was dwindling due to lack of laborers and poor transportation. In result people went hungry and rioted. This led to a wide-scale revolution.

With growing conflict from the Bolsheviks, The Czar resigned and was exiled. But conflict still remained. There were the Whites, or the Supporters of the Czar and his family, and the communists led by Lenin. The Czar and his family were assassinated and the Communists eventually took over.

The Communist Government controlled the economy and many aspects of the common peoples' lives, like a dictatorship. The government made collective farms, where everyone worked and no one owned animals or farm tools. This direct interference caused some people to revolt, and in action the government ordered the military to fire and kill the rioters. Economy did increase slightly under the dictatorship rule.

The Revolution started with bread riots and that led to a revolution then the new country to being a superpower. Over 900,000 persons died during Stalin's purge of traitors of communism. A royal family had been killed off and a civil war fought. Some results were a communist country that was a power and stability back in the Russian economy.