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The Soviet Expands

As the Soviet Union expanded and sought to consolidate their power, they realized that they needed support from certain ethnic-minorities in certain places in their empire, especially those further from Moscow. The Soviet Union began establishing a policy of nativization, in which political positions were given to indigenous peoples over Russian counterparts. In addition, the … Continue reading The Soviet Expands

Starving Soviets: The Great Famine of 1921-1922

It was a tumultuous and deadly period when the Bolsheviks seized power. Much of history of the early Soviet Union centers on the rise of Lenin and Stalin, the mass killings, and the conglomeration of Soviet power. Not as much information is centered on the widespread famines that wiped countless numbers of Russians during this … Continue reading Starving Soviets: The Great Famine of 1921-1922

From Revolution to Crisis

With the reign of the tsar finally coming to an end in February, the new government immediately fell into economic crises. The new government inherited the economic mismanagement, high income inequality, a very large and angry peasant class, and the costly war effort from the old regime. Upon gaining power, the Provisional Government experienced demands … Continue reading From Revolution to Crisis

Religion in Late Imperial Russia

To understand Russia, one must first understand the the role of the Russian Orthodox Church, an institution that has remained ingrained in Russian culture for centuries. This religious denomination arose after the East-West schism which saw the Eastern churches break away from the Roman Catholic church nearly a thousand years ago. This branch of Christianity … Continue reading Religion in Late Imperial Russia