With the Russian revolutions of both February and October, the United States was in fear of losing an ally in the war with Germany. Most importantly, to some around Wilson, was the eventual assumption of power by Vladimir Lenin. Wilson did not believe, at first, it was his duty to interfere with the choosing of a government in a revolutionary country, but he continued to get pressure from those around him to join in and crush Bolshevism before it got too large to control. Wilson made several poor attempts at intervention, but could never commit himself to an all out intervention that was necessary to avoid the Bolshevik control of power.
This project will show the ways in which Wilson made poor attempts at intervention and how his mind was swayed by those around him including the Secretary of State, the Ambassador to Russia and even former presidents. In the end, Bolshevism achieved the power they sought and the U.S. did nothing to interfere with this power struggle.
|Commitee:||Anderson-Huang, Lawrence, Jakobson, Michael, Murphy, Patricia|
|School:||The University of Toledo|
|Department:||Arts and Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European history, American history, Geography, History, Political science, Russian history|
|Keywords:||Civil war, Czech legion, Railroad commission, Root commission, Russia, Woodrow wilson|
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