A History of Soviet Russia by Georg von Rauch

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Settle their differences by wars, only the end of the capitaUst system would also put an end to imperialist wars. It is important to note that Lenin started from the assumption that political realities had undergone a fundamental change since the days of Karl Marx, and that to the exploitation of classes had been added that of entire peoples. Lenin was thus able to transfer the doctrine of the class struggle from the domestic to the international scene, furnishing the premises, deduced in the Stalinist era, for the future role of the Soviet Union as vanguard of the world revolution.

The government did not dare to use troops against the insurgent peasants. It feared that the "peasants in uniform" would refuse to fire on their non-uniformed brethren. In fact, here and there units of the army, and especially the navy, staged mutinies. Unrest among the masses was increased by anti-Jewish pogroms which, beginning in October, rolled like a wave over western and southern Russia, undoubtedly encouraged and in part inspired by ultra-reactionary circles such as the patriotic organization, "Union of the Russian People," called the "Black Hundpi;' ' This was the background for the events which took place in Moscow in December.

The February Revolution During the month of February demonstrations became more frequent, caused at first only by the increasing scarcity of food. In addition there were strikes threatening the output of munitions. Rodzianko, the president of the Duma, and a representative of the Russian upper middle class, vainly appealed to the Czar to change the composition of the government in accordance with the desires of the liberal groups. Two factors became decisive for the collapse of the Czarist regune.

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