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Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

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In March 1918, representatives of [[Russian Communist party]] signed the '''Treaty of Brest-Litovsk''', ending the war that began between the [[German]] and [[Russian]] Empires in 1914. The German negiotiator negotiator was General [[Max Hoffman]], General [[Paul von Hindenburg]]'s Chief of Staff. [[Leon Trotsky]] was appointed by Communist Party General Secretary [[Vladimir Lenin]] to represent the Soviet delegation. The Treaty was written in German and Russian; the French language, regarded as the "language of diplomacy", was not used. This was representative of the hegemonic struggle Germany regarded itself in with France at the time of [[World War I]].
Based upon Germany's ''Machtstellung'', or "position of power", the delegation that regarded itself as successors of Tsarist [[Imperialism]] gave up all legitimate claims to territory which included much of what is now [[Poland]], [[Finland]], [[Lithuania]], [[Ukraine]], [[Estonia]] and [[Latvia]].