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(S11.E5.) Unit 4 Rise of Russia

Unit 4 Rise of Russia

Karl Marx would have surprised for the first Communist Revolution to occur in one of the most agricultural countries in Europe and Asia. While the res of Europe had gone through both the phases of imperialism and industrial growth, Russia was little changed until the rule by one of the last aristocratic empires run by the Tsars. However, the oppression of classes was just as dramatic. Rather than the industrial middle class and the industrial working class in conflict, instead, it was the few land owners and the majority of serfs and peasants forced to work on the farms. The same disparity between classes along with the devastation of World War One working together to make the people receptive to Marx's ideas. Lenin was an articulate spokesperson and early leader along with Trotsky and Stalin.

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