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The February Russian Revolution of 1917

3 Major Causes of the February Russian Revolution of 1917

The 20th century was one filled with significant change within the European continent, including the Russian Revolution of 1917, which consisted of two pivotal rebellions in March and November of that year. While the latter November Revolution led to the rise of a group of communists known as the Bolsheviks to power, it was the initial March Revolution that ended centuries of imperial rule in Russia. Though several distinct causes precipitated the spring revolution, it was the social, political, and economic structure of the country and the effects of World War I that terminated the Romanov dynasty, instituted a democratic republic, and launched a civil war.

La Mano de Punta del Este

Uruguayan Politics

Controlled by Argentina and Brazil to the north and northwest, and Spanish colonies along the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay declared its independence in 1810 (though it didn't truly achieve it until 1828). Unfortunately, as soon as the country gained its freedom, it lapsed into a civil war between early liberals and conservatives that lasted until the early 1850s...

European Union

Consumerism, the European Union, and Euro-Terrorism

While consumerism began in several countries across the global as early as the seventeenth century, it boomed in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was this American model that was explicitly exported to the rest of the world in the 1900s, particularly Europe, as evidenced in postwar reconstruction programs such as the Marshall Plan.

President Warren G. Harding signing the Knox-Porter Resolution at the home of U.S. Sen. Joseph Frelinghuysen in Raritan on July 2, 1921. (PC: Somerset County Historical Society)

How and why the United States Became Involved in World War I and the Aftermath

On June 29, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist lobbying for a pan-Slavic nation, murdered the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, triggering a series of events that led to the Great War. By the end of the following month, nearly a century of mutual defense alliance treaties had led the majority of Europe to wage war against each other.

Gardener, Park and Catt at Suffrage House in Washington

Women and Reform Movements in the United States

Women became increasingly involved in a wide variety of reform movements between 1865 and 1920. What were some of these movements and what did they accomplish? Women’s suffrage grew in popularity during the Progressive Era, beginning in the late nineteenth century. One of the earliest movements that was largely spearheaded by women was that of...

How to Prevent Identity Theft

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is the fraudulent and wrongful acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information. Some of the means used by individuals to conduct identity theft are “shoulder surfing,” “dumpster diving,” and unsolicited emails (U.S. Department of Justice, 2017). A 2017 Identity Fraud study found that $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million U.S....

Grand Mosque in Mosul, Iraq

American Policy in the Middle East

American policy in the Middle East through the Cold War (1947-1991) was largely motivated by the United States’ desire to check Soviet expansion and influence throughout the world. In the Middle East, this “meant preventing the Soviets from filling the void left by the end of Britain and France colonialism” (Beaver, Beaver and Wilsey, n.d.)....