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The Bolshevik Revolution 1917 The Stage Is Set The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917 was initiated by millions of people who would change the history of the world as we know it When Czar Nicholas II dragged 11 million peasants into World War I the Russian people became discouraged with their injuries and the loss of life they sustained The country of Russia was in ruins ripe for revolution Provisional Government Established During a mass demonstration of women workers in February of 1917 the czars officials called out the army to squelch the protesters The women convinced the soldiers to put their guns away and help them in their cause Czar Nicholas II was dethroned in Russia during this the February Revolution The Provisional Government was formed to replace the void left by the deposed czar This provisional government was made up of bankers lawyers industrialists and capitalists The provisional government was very weak and failed to live up to its promise of ending Russias involvement in the war They kept Russia in the war and just made things worse for themselves and for Russia The Rise of the Bolshevik Party The Provisional Government was opposed right away by the soviets or councils of workers and peasants who wanted the right to make their own decisions When V I Lenin arrived from exile in the spring of 1917 he joined the Bolshevik Party in Russia whose goal was to overthrow the Provisional Government and set up a government for the proletariat The soldiers began to ask for land just as their fellow peasants were When the Provisional Government refused to distribute the land fairly the peasants took matters into their own hands by taking the land themselves The Bolshevik party went on the offensive and tried to educate the workers and soldiers convincing them to seize power and land for themselves In July 1917 the workers challenged the Provisional Government and ended up
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