Why Did The Reds Defeat The Whites In The Russian Civil War of 1917-1922? (Podcast)

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The former Russian Empire was torn apart by chaos and civil war from 1917 to 1922.  On one side were the Bolshevists, seeking to impose a revolutionary communist society on the people; and on the other were the so-called “White” Russians, a collection of nationalists and traditionalists trying to dislodge the Red regime.  Why did the Reds win and the Whites lose?  Why were the Reds able to remain in power?  We explore some answers.

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5 thoughts on “Why Did The Reds Defeat The Whites In The Russian Civil War of 1917-1922? (Podcast)

  1. A few years ago I was gorging on Russian literature and history, and one of the things that thoroughly fascinated me was their civil war. There was a book about America and England’s minor involvement in the civil war that I had for a while; I ended up giving it to a friend whose great uncle was among those in the Polar Bear Expedition.

    Without question the Whites’ biggest problem was they had no unifying objective besides their opposition to the Bolsheviks. Some were czarists and wanted Nicholas II restored before he was killed; others were actually socialists, but didn’t like Lenin. This lack of unity and willingness to compromise long-term goals for vital short-term objectives resulted in squabbling and an uncoordinated war effort. The Red Army was able to divide and conquer.

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    • Thanks much, man. I think you’ve nailed it right there. What shocked me was finding out just high the death toll of the civil war was. It was in the millions. The Bolsheviks were pure fanatics and were prepared to do anything–literally–to get their way. I see a lot of similarities with ISIS today.

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    • “Without question the Whites’ biggest problem was they had no unifying objective besides their opposition to the Bolsheviks.”

      That’s the problem with most conservative movements. It’s always a confederacy seeking to uphold standards rather than a movement obsessed with imposing a system. Leftists are obsessed with imposing a singular system. Much like Cincinatus, conservatives are interested in the short term of establishing standards, but they always want to go back to the farm. The Left never stops thinking about imposing their system. Going back to the farm is an anathema and that’s why they usually win.

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