The Russian Revolution of 1917

About the Russian Revolution of 1917 as Lenin led the communists into power during World War I.

1917 THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

The Russian uprising began not with a grand political design but with millions of empty stomachs, as well as the Czar's oppression and the strain of the nation's participation in W.W. I. In March, 150,000 soldiers in Petrograd joined rebellious workers and took control of that city. Soon the Czar abdicated. In October, after Lenin returned to Russia from Europe and Trotsky came back from America, the minority Bolsheviks began to assume power. A temporary moderate Government--set up by Kerensky--was routed, and the Bolshevik party established a new Soviet Government and introduced a program of "state communism."

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