Russia is a country that extends into two continents. Its influence and actions in the twentieth century contributed to fear, suspicion and competition. Its new direction as a country was born in 1917 as war raged across the world. The How and Why book in this series looks at the First World War as a whole. Focus on Russia zooms in.
The story of Russia in the First World War has to extend to the years before and after it was fought. A Russian Tsar out of his depth leading a huge country; an army so short of supplies that soldiers had to wait for others to die before they could get a rifle; a man driven to take control of the country and change it beyond recognition; a betrayal that might have lost the war for the Allies; this story is told here for children.