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What Sparked the Russian Revolution The Russian Revolution took place during difficult time in Russia These troubles began before World War I and lasted up until 1930s Russias population was made up of mostly poor starving peasants A small working and middle class began to rise to help industrialize Russia But a corrupt government made it difficult for Russia to advance This added to the turmoil World War I placed a serious hurt on Russia Although at first it raised national pride and enthusiasm it quickly drained resources and poorly trained peasants quickly found themselves fighting with no weapons This war sent over 2 million Russians to their death in 1915 alone Turning points for the Russian revolution were the March Revolution the November Revolution and Stalin coming to power By March 1917 disasters on the battlefield combined with food and fuel shortages on the front brought the monarchy to collapse In St Petersburg workers were going on strike Marchers mostly women were shouting Bread Bread Bread Troops refused to fire on demonstrators leaving the government helpless Duma politicians setup a temporary government Middle class liberals prepared a constitution for a new Russian republic At the same time they continued the war with Germany That decision proved fatal Most Russians were fed up with the war and returned home leaving the front Peasants wanted land and people wanted food Cities set up soviets council of workers and soldiers which worked dramatically within the government Before long a radical social group took charge called the Bolsheviks emerged Their leader was VI Lenin During the November revolution the Bolsheviks decided to further the revolution They stormed Moscow and took it as their capital With this newly acquired city they gained land which was split amongst the peasants Workers were given control of factories and mines For a period of time there was bliss in the country But battles still waged on
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