The Russian Revolution
The Russian Revolution (1917-24) led to the establishment of the first communist state in history, rooted in the economic theories of Karl Marx and Vladimir I. Lenin. The Russian Revolution was a reaction to the forces unleashed during the Industrial Revolution and the extreme inequities of a society mired in the medieval era while grappling with the problems of modernity.
The Russian Revolution represents a powerful expression of the desire for a more humane society and a more equitable world to replace the exploitation of workers and concentration of wealth into the hands of the privileged and powerful that took place during the Industrial Revolution.
The Russian Revolution was meant to be exported to the world and transformed into a worldwide movement for change. What the Russian Revolution actually transformed Russia into was a totalitarian state, where the nihilistic approach to human life extinguished the hope that once was contained in the revolutionary slogan "Peace, Land and Bread".
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