April 24, 2014

How did the Russian Revolution affect the world?

Question by : How did the Russian Revolution in 1917 affect the world?
I am making a world history project on the Russian Revolution and I am wondering how did the Russian Revolution affect the world?

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Answer by Rabid ManBearPig
It removed Russia from WWI, which put more pressure on the United States to play a bigger role in helping the Allies beat the Germans.

The Revolution brought the ideologies of Lenin and Stalin to the forefront. They were the proverbial “beacon on the hill” of communism, until Stalin’s Socialism in One Country policy. The Revolution also sparked fears of communist revolution in many other countries like France and Germany.

The fact that Russia became a communist nation bothered the West, especially after WWII. What resulted was the Cold War.

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  1. Stinson says:

    Well, obviously, at the time WW1 was in full swing.
    When the Commies came to power, one of their promises was to end the war. Thus, they made peace with Germany, however, Germany definitely got a better deal – the Russian government simply wanted to keep their promise.
    This peace meant that Germany was able to move a million troops onto the Western Front against Britain, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc.
    This saw the Germans make the big push, nearly winning them the war, until they were held at Villers-Bretonneax by an ANZAC division and Amiens by Monash's Australian forces (which was only 100km from Paris and had a railroad.
    The later effects were the Cold War – the Russian created the Soviet Union and governed over much of Eastern Europe – look up Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, very famous and quite relevant.
    At the conclusion of WW2 it saw the deterioration of relations between the west and east.

    NOTE: I'm pretty sure the Russian revolution didn't pressure the U.S. to get involved – I think that by that stage, they had already agreed to enter the war. Also, their impact upon WW1 was minimal – if the Germans were going to win, they would have won before the U.S. entered, and after the U.S. joined, they were on the retreat. Also, the U.S. soldiers needed a lot of training.

    Hope this helps :)

  2. The Black Rabbit of says:

    Winston Churchill wrote in 1920:

    "There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews. It is certainly the very great one; it probably outweighs all others. With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading figures are Jews."

    Illustrated Sunday Herald. 8 February 1920

  3. Adam Brown says:

    There were 2 revolutions of 1917 the first one to bring down the tsar and bring in a provisional government. And the second one which brought down the provisional government and brought in communists. These revolutions had some impact on other countries such as the USA (red scares fear of communism) but the revolutions really had very little impact. It was what happened after that had an impact on the world: Stalin WW2 etc. But if your doing a project on how the revolutions affected the world focus on the red scare which has to do with immigration etc.

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