Russian Empire | International Encyclopedia of the First World War (WW1)
The Russian Empire entered the war in order to preserve its Great Power status, but it ended the war in a bout of revolution and decolonization. The army had a mixed record in the war, losing several key battles but remaining a dangerous force until the middle of 1917. Mismanagement of civilian affairs by generals at the front and by the Tsarist government in the rear seriously exacerbated the economic and social upheavals associated with total war. The result was a year of revolution in 1917 that destroyed the monarchy, unhinged the empire, and led to a new communist state.
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