3811 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR.
possibilities of the situation aroused grave
misgivings in Allied countries for it was seen
that if the material resources of Russia could
be organized by the Germans they might be
able to bid defiance to the rest of the world
indefinitely. It was even feared that they
might be able to draw troops from some
portions of Russia. They actually made an
effort to do so, but defeat came before they
were able to accomplish much of importance
in this direction. Allied troops were landed
at Vladivostok, Archangel, and on the
Murman coast to prevent the Bolshevists
and their German allies from capturing the
military supplies at these places and also to
forestall any effort to establish submarine
The withdrawal of Russia from the war
left Roumania helpless. Being completely
isolated, the Roumanians were forced to
choose between surrender and annihilation.
Much against their will, they accepted a
treaty dictated by the Central Powers.
This treaty was signed at Bucharest, March
5, 1918. By it, Roumania ceded to Bulgaria
the Dobruja south of the Danube. Roumania was forced to demobilize most of her
army, to dismiss officers of the nations who
were at war with the Central Powers, and to
facilitate the transportation of troops
through Moldavia and Bessarabia to Odessa.
By these various treaties the Central Powers
imposed their will upon Russia and Roumania and temporarily dominated eastern
Europe. As a result of the insane behavior
of the Russian revolutionists all opposition
to the War Lords in the east virtually
disappeared. Russia was prostrate, and
there seemed no hope of her early recovery.
Despite all talk of a fair peace, it was evident
that the Teutons intended to use Russia as
their tool and to draw from her dominions
all the food and munitions possible.
The seriousness of the situation was not
lost upon the Entente Allies. Great Britain,
France, and Italy announced that they did