On April 16, 1917, Lenin arrived in Petrograd (the new name for St. Petersburg since August 1914), where a crowd was waiting for him. The revolution already had a leader and, ironically, it was the Germans who brought him from Switzerland. Why did they do it?

What happened in Russia in 1917?

The year 1917 was a decisive one in the history of Russia as a state and its subsequent development as a superpower. Two stages of the same revolution took place here, one in February and the other in October, resulting in the birth of the world's first communist country.

What was Lenin's party like? A member of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, Lenin became a leading figure in its division into two antagonistic camps. He headed the majority faction, or Bolsheviks, which advocated the formation of a party of professional revolutionaries under centralized leadership.

What happened to Lenin's older brother? The two families knew each other, in part because of an episode with Lenin's older brother, Alexander, who made an attempt on the life of Tsar Alexander III in 1887 and was executed, causing great consternation in the city.

What happened to Lenin's opposition to the war?

He eventually returned to Russia on a sealed train provided by the Germans, who hoped that Lenin's opposition to the war would weaken the Russian war effort. On April 3, Lenin arrived at Finland Station in Petrograd with his decalogue of demands, the so-called April Theses, calling for "the transfer of all power to the Soviets."

How did the United States enter the war in 1917?

As time was running out, Wilson instituted compulsory military service to supplement the contingent that would go to Europe, deeming it the "most democratic" form of conscription. And he decided to convert industrial plants for the war effort. The entry of the United States in 1917 thus proved decisive.

What was the role of the United States in the war of 1914?

Today, a century later, the United States recalls its pivotal role in a war that turned Europe into a bloodbath and ended only when the United States joined the fight. The war began in 1914 when a young anarchist assassinated the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Why did the United States remain neutral during the war?

Despite sympathy for Britain, France, and their allies, the United States remained neutral during the early years of the war. Trade ties with the Allies remained strong as the British navy controlled the seas, blocking German access to important goods.

What happened to Russia in 1918?

A few months later, in July 1918, Russia was established as the Russian Federal Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1921, Russia was still licking its wounds after a long civil war. Economic indicators showed a grim reality for the country.

What kind of officers were in the Russian army before the World War?

In total, of the 45,582 officers in the Russian army before World War II, 51.3% were of noble origin (40% in the infantry), a percentage that has been declining since the end of the last century.

What happened to Russian soldiers during World War I?

Russian soldiers wounded during World War I being transported by horse-drawn cart. Russia's successive defeats in World War I were one of the causes of the February Revolution.

What were the main fronts of the Russian Revolution?

The war was fought on three main fronts - eastern, southern, and northwestern - and can be divided into three periods: The first period lasted from the beginning of the Russian Revolution to its end. One of the first armies of resistance to the revolution was a small group of volunteers from the city of Don.