The Impact of World War I on Russian Women's Lives

TitleThe Impact of World War I on Russian Women's Lives
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsMeyer, Alfred G.
EditorClements, Barbara Evans, Barbara Alpern Engel, and Christine D. Worobec
Book TitleRussia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation
PublisherUniversity of California Press
CityBerkeley, CA

This book chapter on the impact of World War I on Russian women's lives published in the edited volume Russia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation explores the changing working und living conditions of women during the war, who had to replace in agriculture, crafts and trade as well as  industries all  the men mobilized for war. Food and  fuel became scarce and needed to be rationed by the government. The antiwar mood grew. Hunger riots and strikes by Russian women started in 1915 and increased 1916. They led  in March 1917 first  to the Menschewik and then in October 1917 to the Bolschewik Revolution, which hanged the position of women dramatically. The revolution  also  ended the First World War for Russia, but  led to the Civil War, which continued until 1922.

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