He opposed world war i and supported the russian revolution between 1920 and 1924 he travelled to russia on several occasions becominga significant figure in the early communist international and the red international of trade unions. Eyewitness to the russian revolution from the set eyewitness to world war i details the bolshevik revolution from the perspectives of those involved including the protesters vladimir lenin tsar nicholas ii and others. The russian revolution was one of the most influential events to emerge from the furnace of the first world war it transformed russia and its empire and firmly planted the flag of world revolution at the centre of 20 th century world history. World war i in 1914 world war i began and russia was at war with germany a huge russian army was formed by forcing working class and peasant men to join although the russian army had great numbers the soldiers were not equipped or trained to fight many of them were sent into battle without shoes food and even weapons. The effects of world war i gave rise to the russian revolution of 1917 by the end of 1916 two years of total war had placed enormous strain on all combatant nations none felt this more severely than russia which had entered the war confident but in a precarious political economic and social state
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