The October Revolution of 1917


The October Revolution of 1917


  • Weakness of the Provisional Government
  • Serious eonomic and social problems such as hyperinflation and food shortages
  • Absence of the Tsar Nicholas II
  • Continuation of the war, despite high casualties and losses faced by Russian soldiers, which was largely made up of the peasantry


  • Led to the establishment of the world's first communist state
  • Marked the beginnings of the Russian Revolution
  • Tsar Nicholas was removed from power

Overall summary

The October Revolution (also called the Bolshevik Revolution) overturned the interim provisional government and established the Soviet Union. It began when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food during WW1 erupted in the capital, Petrograd, and quickly spread all over Russia. 


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