Comparison and Contrast of the Steps that Led Russia to Leave WW1 and The United States to enter WW1
World War 1 was one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters of World History. The heavy number of casualties and the economic loses suffered for all the European countries that took part in the ‘Great War’ , as it was known later on, are enough proves of the bloodshed and violence of it. Nevertheless, two of these countries had an important influence in the way the events developed between 1914 and 1917: Russia and the United States of America. The former had several internal problems and, as a consequence, it had to leave WW1 in 1917 while the latter had to break its isolation policy and entered the war in the same year. Naturally, these decisions became turning points and had consequences for both countries.
Russia went through different steps from its involvement in WW1 to the final decission of leaving the war. The overt involvement of Russia in the war was caused for several reasons. The most important ones were the pact that they had with France, the situation in the Balkans and the defence of The Dardanelles, which gave them a sea route to the Mediterranean. On July 26th 1914, Russia started to mobilise their troops to help Serbia and on July 30th Russian and French troop were mobilised against Germany and Austria-Hungary and, as a result, World War 1 broke out on August 3rd 1914; consequently, the Russian were in charge of defending the Eastern Front from 1914 up to 1917 and they were one of the reason why the Schlieffen Plan failed. However, Tsar Nicholas II did not realise that his empire was not prepared to afford the cost of a war since, at that time, most people in Russia lived as peasants and the industrial revolution had not arrive to the country which still seemed a Medieval Feud and not a modern European country.
The March Revolution on March 8th 1917 was the beginning of the end of the Russian Empire and the first step that led...