4.8 Russian Rev

4.8 Russian Rev - 4/8/08 History 4020/ Era of the Great War...

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4/8/08 History 4020/ Era of the Great War The Russian Revolution I. Introduction: most important event of the 20 th century? Eric Habsbaum: yeah, its important. Russian Revolution of 1917. Helps to give rise to the Cold War, many revolutions in the 20 th century in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Habsbaum: the short 20 th century: (long is the end of the Napoleonic era to the end of WWI) framed by the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. Thus short 20 th century begins during the Russian Revolution of 1917. 31 years war: Beginning of WWI to the end of WWII. Popular upheaval, angry women, failures of the Tsar, army sympathy, character of the working class, WWI magnifying problems of tensions rising before the war. II. Backdrop to Revolution A. Economic Change 1. Russia was industrializing before WWI but they were 50 yrs behind Britain. 80% of the country was still involved in agrarian production. 2. Uneven production because of the Tsar: proletarianization-the creation of the working class. Increased by the war and the demand for metal and munitions workers. .. there is an influx in workers who are not used to a factory environment: peasant backgrounds. 3.
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