• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe the impacts of the Civil War on the peoples of the Russian empire in the years of 1918 " 1921?

Extracts from this document...


Describe the impacts of the Civil War on the peoples of the Russian empire in the years of 1918 - 1921? (20 Marks) There were many factors that contributed towards the disastrous life that the Russian people encountered between 1918 - 1921. There was a severe lack of food supplies and rationing was experienced during those years. Grain requisitioning was introduced in 1918 for people who lived in towns and cities , as food was forever being sent to the Front line .There was also an inadequate supply of fuel. People were not able to keep warm and morale was at its lowest point. Action was eventually taken in September 1918 when the Red Terror was introduced. ...read more.


Even less food was available now than before. Grain requisitioning meant that soldiers of the Red Guard were sent out to search for grain in the countryside. In May 1918, a food supplies dictatorship was set up to establish the use of force. Peasants resisted bitterly because they were so angry. They hardly had any food at all and now it was about to get even worse with the forces of the Cheka on their backs. The banning of private trade meant that black markets rose quickly. Chaotic industrial environments meant that not enough consumer goods were being produced. Labour discipline was brought back to the work place. Fines were introduced for lateness and absenteeism. Internal passports were created to stop people fleeing away to the countryside. Russian citizens were now trapped. ...read more.


This was the Liberals view. The socialists wanted to accede to the national aspirations of non-Russian people, offering more self - government and control. This was aimed primarily at the Ukraine. Due to the fact that these demands arose during the Russian Civil war it created views and opinions amongst leading parties. This made the situation worse for people living in Russia because rival parties had different ideas. Not everyone was Russian living within Russian borders. To conclude, there were many factors that aided the worsening of people's lives in Russia because of the Civil War. War Communism had to have been the most significant factor as well as National Minorities. The introduction of Red Terror completely conflicted with the people's views and opinions. The introduction of Red Terror and especially Grain Requisitioning led to the citizens being angered even more. This provoked the authorities to call upon drastic action. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 essays

  1. The Russian Civil war, 1918-21

    Therefore as source a shows the whites had a considerable amount of foreign support. These powers included Britain, France and America as well as the Poles, Canadians and even the Germans. These extra forces were bound to enhance the white forces and would prove a threat to the Soviets.

  2. Vietnam war

    From the beginning the Cambodian communists were marginalized, during the Geneva Conference of 1954 they were essentially sacrificed by the other communist nations. During 1967 Pol Pot went to Hanoi to seek approval and aid for a planned uprising, but the Vietnamese had an arrangement with Sihanouk and refused to help.

  1. Journalism: The People's Witness

    The Commonwealth repeatedly refused to renew Burchett's passport that was lost in North Vietnam in 1955 on the grounds that 'he was a communist and in 1961 decided that Burchett would not be admitted to the country. This decision was recognised as in conflict with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and was almost certainly unconstitutional' (http://www.naa.gov.au/Publications/research_guides/guides/ctznship/pages/chapter4/b.htm).

  2. A Night to remember - Invincible. That was the sole word in the English ...

    We were to leave port at ten hundred hours and set sail for the Denmark Strait. There was great rejoicing amongst all of the crew of all of the vessels that were leaving port; I myself was a bit afraid, but as I didn't have an active job I quickly forgot these emotions.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work