The First World War and the End of Tsarism



James D. White has reminded us how appalled Lenin was when, by voting in favour of war credits in August 1914, most of Europe’s social-democratic parliamentarians made it easier for their countries to fight one another.1 In a way, however, these parliamentarians advanced the socialist cause. Four empires disappeared at the end of World War I. One of them, the Russian, re-emerged under a socialist regime. Would that regime have arrived so soon without the war? What part did World War I play in the fall of tsarism?


Factory Worker Physical Displacement Patriotic Culture Eastern Front Soviet Scholar 
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  1. 1.University of Newcastleupon-TyneUK

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