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The time of 1917 through 1920 is an extremely important period in order to American-Soviet relations during the Cold War World War I is upon us and simultaneously Russia is facing a Civil War American-Russian relations have made a bad turn since the mid-1800s but they arent enemies yet Woodrow Wilson is in office and on the Russian side Vladimir Lenin is rising to power as the leader of the Bolsheviks America would make its way into World War I during this time under allied pressure as well as making its way into Russia during their Civil War between the Bolsheviks and anti-Bolsheviks According to a traditional historical America did not enter the Russian Civil War but I believe that although going into a Russia was partially a World War I maneuver to keep Germany from having too much influence in Russia we did it mainly to have our own influence on the Russian Civil WarBolsheviks gained control of Russia after overthrowing a brand new provisional government in October of 1917 which was started earlier in February of that same year The overthrow of this government came as a surprise to the United States due to it not being in line with popular Russian opinion Gaddis states popular support was not the crucial determinant of events at this time Organization and discipline were With this overthrow came a new party which wanted to escape WWI With allied forces working desperately to keep Russia in the war eventually Russia would not have enough supplies or enthusiasm to keep fighting They would go on to sign the Brest-Litovsk treaty with Germany pulling Russia out of the war Embroiled in their own civil war there were other matters to attend to With Russia out of WWI they would go on to fight their own Civil War but not alone Allied troops would arrive in Russia claiming it was for reasons pertaining to WWI They claimed to
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