High and Lows of World War 1 for Russia
By Bobby, Beau, and John external image communism_is_evil.jpg

Russia entered World War I because they had an alliance with Serbia. They also got into the war because they wanted to help their fellow Slavs by attacking Austria. When they attacked Austria they did not have the intention of getting into a war with Germany as well. When they got into the war with Germany they were becoming a part of World War I.

Since Russia had undergone a revolution during WWI, they were not as involved in the Treaty of Versialles as other countries, but they still had a say in the matters. They gained some land back from Germany in the Treaty of Brest-Litosvsk. However, they did lose large amounts of land when much of the land they got back was turned into Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and East Prussia, which had all been territories of Russia before the war, gained their independence.
Russian leaders were probably not particularly happy with these arrangements, even though they were part of Woodrow Wilson’s fourteen points, but they were also most likely too busy tending to rebuilding their country after their revolution to care too much about losing some of their vast amounts of land.
Also, behind the scenes, Neil Chamberlain of England wanted to keep Germany's power relatively high so they could keep communism from spreading out of Russia. However, since Russia would be a powerful enemy, and voicing such opinions would be "political suicide," Chamberlain remained quiet.

It was not Russia’s prime time in world war one. By the end of the war Russia had lost over 6,500,000 people to the war. Also because of the war, they lost a lot of money. This just added to the already weakened economy and systems in Russia. All these losses leaded to the Russian revolt in 1917 near the later half of the war. This was, to me, not a good thing for the Russians while they were in war. The German’s used this opportunity and sent Vladimir Lenin and lead in the revolution and then made a treaty with Russia. It was called the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and asked for Russia to stop shooting at Germany and in return Germany would give some of the captured Russian people. The first two uprisings in 1917 were what resulted in the Russian government and society changing. It also led to the country's eventually withdrawal. The Russians had experimented with a representative government for twelve years but they didn't notice a lot of change. This made them believe in the radical intellectuals more. Another bad thing about this is that they had also been at war for two and a half years; they were full of military disasters, bad leadership, and a lot of casualties because of the war. The tsar, Nicholas II, was less concerned with saving Russia then he was with preserving the autocracy. - By John and Beau Nut

The Encyclopedia of World War I
Spencer C. Tucker, Editor