Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Paul W. Werth.
Number of Pages
From 1917 to 1922, the Bolsheviks conducted a foreign policy that melded their background in Marxist ideology with the exigencies of state power. The Bolsheviks believed an international revolution would imitate their socialist revolution of October 1917. When it became clear this would not happen, V. I. Lenin and his comrades chose to preserve their revolution in Russia; The Bolsheviks believed peace would induce revolution throughout war-torn Europe. After the October Revolution the Bolsheviks immediately sought an end to the Great War. Only Germany accepted this proposal of peace, however, and the Bolsheviks were forced to accept a harsh peace treaty that stripped much of Russia's holdings; Despite this blow to their revolutionary drive, the Bolsheviks believed the peace with Germany allowed consolidation of revolutionary forces in Russia. Since Europe's working-classes failed to incite a socialist uprising, the Bolsheviks incorporated state power to organize and prepare the grounds for international revolution.
Bolshevik; Foreign; Idealists; Policy; Revolutionary; Russia; Statesmen
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Montoya, Benjamin Carlos, "Revolutionary idealists to revolutionary statesmen: Bolshevik foreign policy, 1914 to 1922" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1735.