The Impact and Causes of the Russian Revolution

TLDR The Russian Revolution of 1917 had a profound impact on world history, leading to the rise of fascist movements and the spread of communist ideologies. The revolution was fueled by widespread discontent among the masses, caused by factors such as the Russo-Japanese war, mistreatment of soldiers, and shortages of food and supplies.

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00:00 The Russian Revolution of 1917 is considered one of the most significant events in world history, with its impact felt for the next 100 years and leading to the rise of fascist movements and the spread of the Leninist model to other parts of the world, ultimately ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
04:55 The Russian Revolution led to a vicious circle of rhetoric and the rise of communist versus fascist ideologies, which eventually led to the Spanish Civil War and the realization that the combination of fear and hatred can be deadly.
09:57 Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, was out of touch with reality and incurious about what was happening in his country, which led to his inability to make decisions and a fear of taking action, while Lenin, born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, was a determined revolutionary and a strategic genius who often clashed with other members of the Bolsheviks but ultimately proved to be right in his decisions.
14:43 The Socialist Revolutionary Party was a political dissent from the Marxist Social Democratic Party, which later split into the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, with the Bolsheviks being a small minority that ultimately achieved total power.
19:14 The Russian Revolution was fueled by the power of propaganda and slogans, as well as the widespread discontent among the illiterate masses due to the Russo-Japanese war, peasant mistreatment, and repression by the authorities.
24:01 The Russian Revolution was sparked by the bad treatment of soldiers, including bad food and arrogant officers, which led to widespread discontent and uprisings that were brutally suppressed by the Tsar's forces.
28:49 The outbreak of the First World War was forced upon Tsar Nicholas by his own ministers, despite his initial reluctance, and when he announced the war, the crowd kneeled and sang "God Save the Tsar."
33:36 In 1915, the Russian forces faced shortages in men and supplies, leading to retreats and massacres, and despite recalling the Duma, Tsar Nicholas II's decision to dissolve it and postpone it indefinitely outraged both liberals and extreme right supporters.
38:26 In 1917, strikes began in Russia due to a lack of bread caused by frozen locomotives preventing the transportation of grain, and the Bolsheviks, including Lenin, were initially surprised and offended by the revolution.
42:52 In February 1917, 100,000 workers took to the streets in Petrograd, escalating the strikes and bread marches, and the key point was that the Cossacks, who had always been loyal to the Tsar, suddenly fraternized with the crowds and let them pass through, indicating a turning point in their support.
47:18 The Tsar's abdication is prompted by the riots in Petersburg and the realization that he has lost the support of his generals and advisors, as well as a desire to be reunited with his family.
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