The revolution of 1917 and its negative consequences (famine in Volga region and Tatar republic in 1921)

M.A. Akhmetova

293-300 p.

The main result of the revolutions of 1917 was the destruction of the Russian state “machine”. The country was in chaos, as people who came to power, were incompetent in managing such a complex mechanism as the state. The destruction of the old world, a mighty power, condemned its people to disasters. The four-year imperialist war and revolutionary movements, a three-year civil war led Russia to political instability, economic decline, lack of workforce in rural areas, death of millions of able-bodied young men, reduction in the population of the country, and the depletion of its gene pool. The poor harvest of 1920, the severe weather conditions of 1921, the appearance of locusts and other crop killers, were the first prerequisites for an unprecedented famine. All this, and above all, the incompetence of the country's leadership, the incompetent food policy of the bolsheviks, their inability to solve the emerging problems, played a major pernicious role in the occurred disaster.

Keywords: October Revolution of 1917, civil war, famine of 1921, Tatar Republic, policy of bolsheviks


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About the author: Milyausha A. Akhmetova is a Research Fellow, the Department of Literature, G. Ibragimov Institute of Language, Literature and Art of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (12, Karl Marx St., Kazan 420111, Russian Federation); a Research Fellow of the Research Library of the Kazan Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2/31, Lobachevsky St., Kazan 420111, Russian Federation);