History of the Soviet Union

The history of Soviet Russia and the Soviet Union reflects a period of change for both Russia and the world. Though the terms "Soviet Russia" and "Soviet Union" often are synonymous in everyday speech, when referring to the foundations of the Soviet Union, "Soviet Russia" properly refers to the few years between the October Revolution of 1917 and the creation of the Soviet Union in 1922. However, before 1922 the Soviet Union was multiple independent Soviet Republics, e.g. the RSFSR and Ukrainian SSR. At its peak the USSR consisted of the Russian SFSR, Byelorussian SSR, Ukrainian SSR, Lithuanian SSR, Latvian SSR, Estonian SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR, and others, as well as multiple Satellite States. These satellite states included the Polish Peoples Republic, East Germany, and other members of the Warsaw Pact.