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The Great War
A study of conditions in Russia during the Great War of 1914.
# 22920 | 2,415 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 30, 2003 in History (European - 20th Century) , History (European - World Wars)

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This paper examines the political and military atmosphere in Russia at the out break of the Great War, which is also called World War I. It describes a weakened industrialized nation under the Tsarist rule that was unable to reach it full military might and lacked popular support for the war. The paper describes the political affects of emergence of the Bolsheviks during the war, which than lead to the Russian Revolution.

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"Russia's poor combat performance during the war has become well-known. Different explanations have been offered. The one that was preferred by many ex-tsarist officers who emigrated after the war was that Russia's technological level was not up to that of the rest of the world: "that is, that Russia lacked the technology to manufacture the arms and material needed to prosecute the struggle" (Fuller 38-39). Russia did have a burgeoning industrial sector, but she was still inferior to her neighbors in terms of her output of such commodities as electrical equipment, chemicals, and machine tools. Before the war, Russia's total production of machinery of all kinds filled less than half of her internal demands. Once she had exhausted her stockpile of rifles, bullets, and shells, she was unable to replace them as rapidly as could Germany, which contributed to the German conquest of Poland, Livonia, and much of the Baltic coast. The lack of these goods also added to the demoralization of the troops (Fuller 39)."

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