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Eventually empires and nations all collapse The end can be brought about by many causes Whether through becoming too large for their own good being ruled by a series of out of touch men falling behind technologically having too many enemies succumbing to civil war or a combination no country is safe The Russia of 1910 was in atremendously horrible situation She had all of these problems Russia would not have existed by 1920 were it not for Vladimir IlichLenin the only man capable of saving the failing nation Russia in 1910 was a very backwards country Peasants who lived in absolute poverty made up the vast majority of Russias population Haney 19 Russias version of the feudal system had ended a mere 49 years earlier but in effect it meant that peasants now owned the meager parcels of land upon which their survival rested Their ruler Czar Nicholas II ruled aloof of his disorganized nation His government of appointed officials and men in inherited positions did not represent the people The Tyranny of Stupidity 120 Even though all of Europe had experienced the Industrial Revolution Russia had precious little machinery To obtain more advanced machines the government traded grain to other countries in exchange for machinery even though it meant that more people would starve Haney 17 Compound this with the devastation and desperation brought on shortly thereafter by the First World War and there was no confidence left in the government Different political factions formed and none got along USSR 63 Liberal constitutionalists wanted to remove the czar and form a republic social revolutionists tried to promote a peasant revolution Marxists promoted a revolution among the proletariat or urban working class The people were fed up with Russias state of affairs and ready for change Change was presented in the form of Vladimir Lenin a committedpersuasive visionary with a grand plan Lenin became hardened in hisquest at an early
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