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Gaddis Lecture
by KAMRUL RUHIT - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 08:51 PM
 

In the Gaddis Lecture, Lectured by John Lewis Gaddis, Gaddis releases information that reveals the thoughts of President Roosevelt towards the Czar of Russia. Czar Nicholas II was a dictating ruler of Russia at the time. Tensions amongst the international community were rising and it seemed that soon the large nations of the world were begginning to have to chose sides and begin to untangle this large mess. President Roosevelt was not for the idea of joining the side of a man who was widely known for being oppressive and only concerned for his own selfish purposes. The Czar had been in power for quite a while and ran his regime tight. Fortunately for Roosevelt, both the February Revolution and the October Revolution, also known as the Bolshevik Revolution, were executed. The tyrannical regime of the Czar was replaced with a provisional government, and later turned into the Weimar Republic, due to another Coup D'etat. The Weimar republic stood and fell, from the years of 1918-1933 and another player managed to take control of the reins by the time this whole international tension business was starting to become very serious, so Roosevelt was far from having to ally with the forces of the dreaded Czar. However, the man who replaced the Weimar Republic, and essentially the Czar, was a man no less brutal, in fact much more brutal and overall tyrannical. Roosevelt may not be jumping in excitement to work with the man, however he does not show the same witholding intention he portrays when it comes to the Czar. This is a large point of interest. Why does President Roosevelt, a man widely known for his intentions to deal in international activity and essentially work hard to escape the, in a way, selfish views of  isolationism to protect the greater good, find such relief in losing the worry of dealing with the Czar, but drags his way through working with a monster like Stalin. The factors pile high with not wworking with Stalin. Especially since the attacks in Pearl Harbour have the hearts of the American public feuled against the war in the Pacific, why does the attention still get forwarded to Europe. Especially considering Gaddis's views on how if certain factors are not present, or otherwise are present, they don't generally point towards Roosevelt's willingness towards the soviets in the war.