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Why did the USSR exit World War One?

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Why Did the USSR Exit World War One? In 1917, the Russian army was weak and badly resourced. The war was very unpopular with the Russian civilians but the provisional government didn't seem to want to exit the war. So at the end of 1917, why did the USSR exit World War One? The war was the biggest issue that showed the difference between the Bolsheviks and the other groups in the Soviets, such as the Socialist Revolutionaries. Only the Bolsheviks and their leader, Vladimir Ilich Lenin, wanted an end to the war. When Lenin returned to Petrograd in April 1917, the Germans helped him by sending a train to transport him safely home. This was because they knew if Lenin was to return to the USSR, he would quickly start a Bolshevik revolution against the provisional government, to bring himself and his party to power. ...read more.


These protests were called the "July days", and consisted of nearly all members of society; sailors, soldiers and workers, all pouring on to the streets in protest of the war. The mutineers turned to the Bolsheviks, the only peace wanting party, to lead them in protest, and they did. In return, Kerensky appointed a new General, Kornilov, to lead the army in the war. Now that Kornilov controlled the army, he tried to stop the protests by charging his Cossacks at Petrograd. Kerensky begged the Bolsheviks to help as they had control over the Red Army. They agreed and, although Kornilov's Cossacks never reached Petrograd, the Bolsheviks were seen to be the saviours and this increased their popularity by millions and ultimately helped them to gain control. ...read more.


They were desperately running out of resources and didn't seem to be winning the battles so why not just quite the war and start re-building. This could have been a very large factor in the decision to exit the war. As soon as the Bolsheviks got into power, this is exactly what they did. Lenin sent Trotsky to negotiate a peace treaty with the Germans. So why did Russia exit the world war early? I think the main reason was the Bolsheviks getting into power because of all the political parties, they were the only party that wanted peace and without them, the provisional government would have bought the country into turmoil. The other less important reasons also tied in with these. They were the populations dismay at the war, the starvation of many millions of people in Russia, and the fact that they weren't getting anywhere from the war and were running out of resources. Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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