Evaluate the statement that the most important consequence of the First World War was the emergence of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union.

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This statement is plausible, because many of the other effects of World War I were no longer important after World War II (some of the redrawn national borders, the Treaty of Versailles, etc.) The Soviet Union persisted as a world power until the late twentieth century, so its existence, along with the rise of the United States as a global power (another development which could be traced to World War I) helped to shape the global political situation for the rest of the century. Furthermore, there is no disputing the fact that the Russian Revolution, which eventually led to the creation of the Soviet Union, was a consequence of that nation's participation in World War I. 

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