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Journal#1- Recall WWI and the conditions in Russia in 1800s and early 1900s. List possible causes for the Russian Revolution in 1917.


            The conditions in Russian during the 1800s and 1900s were very underprivileged. The poor were forced into the war and a very large number of them died. The war for Russia was very unfair, they were a country that wasn’t modernized and they had poorly equipped armies. The soldiers had a low number of weapons and ammunition, the Russians was at a huge disadvantage compared to the Germans and the Central Powers. The Russian citizens revolted against the czar and the government because of disasters in the battlefield, immense lack of food, and a shortage of fuels to transport goods. The Soviets, also known as the Bolsheviks, were revolutionists that took over the government and overthrew the czar, they later became known as Communists.

            The Communist took over the Russian government for the better. They modernized and industrialized Russia but at costly price. Millions of people died or were sent to Siberia because they didn’t listen to the new government. During the revolution and rebuilding of Russia, the nation became very wealthy and prosperous. Both Lenin and Stalin were able to run and build a communist state. The living conditions during Lenin’s reign were at a higher standard than it was a few years ago. Unlike Lenin, Stalin’s reign paid a toll on the conditions and therefore it was lowered.


Journal Question #2- What problems angered the people of St. Petersburg?


                        The disasters in the battlefield, combined with food and fuel shortages angered the people of St. Petersburg. The workers were on strike and refused to listen to the government. Demonstrators took action and protested endlessly for change. The military and political leaders advised the czar to abdicate. A provisional government was set up shortly the abdication, but people still wanted to end the war and demanded food to end the shortages. The soviets took over the government and revolutionized Russia and ended war between Germany.


Journal #3- Why is it often difficult to establish democracy in a country without a tradition of democratic government?


            It is difficult to establish democracy in a country without a tradition of democratic government because the government and people aren’t use to the new idea. Unlike a totalitarian government, the people have to do things for themselves. The people are used to the fact that the government would be there and help them out, but when a democratic government comes in, the people have to work for themselves. The government would have a whole different feel, instead of controlling very aspect of the citizens’ lives, they are forced to step aside and have the people run the nation.  

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