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Major Sources of Discord between the Bolsheviks and European States 1917 to 1921There were several major sources that created discord between the Bolsheviks and western states in Europe from 1917 to 1921 Conflicting ideologies that each attacked the very fabric of the others respective society led to the notion that capitalism and communism could not coexist The attempts of both actors to hold control of their own political system and to expand their political ideas internationally led to major conflicts between them Also the lack of respect for the upstart Bolshevik government by the west led to misperceptions concerning the actions of the Soviets Russias unsatisfactory involvement in World War I and their abrupt departure from the war which affected the western Allies war effort created much disenchantment between the two sides The imperial and expansionist nature of both groups of actors led to conflict as the creation of both communist and non-communist blocs began with the independence of Poland as a free state in 1919 By using the Communist party as a vehicle to inject Communism into societies abroad the Bolsheviks began to make free countries take notice of the threat that the workers party presented and began to act in strong opposition of Communism The actions of both sides began a race for an expansion of two different ideologies which created conflict so strong that in due time another World War seemed inevitable The Cold War had begunThe fundamental difference between Russia and Europe was extremely contrasting views in ideology The modernization of politics in the late 1800s and early 1900s had created similar political movements in both Europe and Russia meant to increase the authority of the masses over their own government These movements replaced authoritarian regimes with political systems that were created to better the lives of the common people Harris Leading states of Europe such as France and Britain began to take the path of social democracy in which the
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