2nd AP World History
2 May 2014
Revolutions in Mexico and Russia
Both Mexico and Russia were the sites of poignant revolutions in the twentieth century. While both countries had hoped that the revolutions would end with their gaining a working class supported government, the method to which these revolutions were reached and the resulting governments differed.
In the early twentieth century, social unrest in the lower classes of society arose in both Mexico and Russia. In both countries the cause for this uprising was due to government corruption due to unfair labor laws along with the growing gap between the rich and the poor. This social unrest resulted in the growing hope for revolution to bring both areas better equality across the social classes. In the end, both countries succeeded in instating land redistribution policies to try to lessen the division between the upper and lower classes. While both nations made an attempt for a more equal society, Russia’s new government used radical methods in order to approach a classless society and Mexico’s did not. The reason for this more extreme equality movement is due mainly to Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution being bases loosely on Marxism ideas, which proposed a classless and society with complete and utter equality. When looking at Mexico, the Mexican Revolution did not want to instate a Marxism based society, instead focusing on acquiring a more fair class-based system.
The Russian Revolution continued to differ from the revolution occurring in Mexico in that Russia had a goal of escaping World War I while Mexico was not in a situation that required it to defend itself against any foreign powers at the time of its revolution. The reason for this is because Mexico geographically was isolated from the war occurring primarily in Europe. There was also the fact that several important people, such as Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa, led the Mexican Revolution, while Russia’s...
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