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Unformatted text preview: 02/26/09 I. The Revolutions a. WWI and I ts Impact b. Lenin and the Bolsheviks c. The February Revolution, the Petrograd Soviet and the Provisional Government d. The October Revolution II. The Bolsheviks in Power a. The Civil War b. NEP c. From Lenin to Stalin WWI and I ts Impact- There werent many 19 th century wars, almost a century of peace- There were still imperial wars though, not European wars- Started August 1914: believed to last until Christmas; ended in 1918- 10 million Europeans were killed- There was enthusiasm for a quick war that would be a lot of fun- Russians had the worst effect of WWI- To fight WWI successfully, required the ability to sacrifice a lot of people and to produce a lot of material (bullets, gas masks)- There was high inflation, shortages of grain, coal, all productive forces diverted towards war effort, taking a toll on civilians- Csar Nicholas goes to the front, Rasputin had influence on the czarina, increasing his power- Rasputin was able to keep their hemophilic child alive- The revolutionaries hated Rasputin for what he stood for: the csar and...
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