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Title: The Russian Revolution


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The Russian Revolution
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Background to Revolution
  • Unprepared for WWI
  • Heavy casualties
  • People lost the will to fight

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Beginnings of Upheaval
  • Czar Nicholas II- absolute ruler
  • Wife- Alexandra
  • English ancestry, born in Germany
  • Rasputin- peasant holy man
  • Lots of influence over the government
  • Rasputin shot three times, tied up and thrown
    into the river, but still untied the knots
    underwater before drowning.

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The March Revolution
  • March 1917- strikes in Petrograd
  • Peace and Bread Down with Autocracy
  • Troops refused to fire
  • Nicholas II abdicated
  • Kerensky led the provisional government
  • Soviets- councils of workers and soldiers
  • Bolsheviks- a group of radical socialists

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The Rise of Lenin
  • V.I. Lenin- leader of the Bolsheviks
  • Violent revolution
  • Control the soviets
  • Peace, Land, Bread Worker Control of
    Production All Power to the Soviets

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The Bolsheviks Seize Power
  • Bolsheviks had a majority in the Petrograd and
    Moscow soviets
  • Leon Trotsky- head of the Petrograd soviet
  • Bolsheviks seized the Winter Palace
  • Provisional Government out
  • Bolsheviks Communists
  • Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

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Civil War in Russia
  • Allies sent troops to help the White army
  • Major forces fighting against the Red Army
  • Royal family assassinated

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Triumph of the Communists
  • Strict discipline
  • Trotsky
  • Single goal
  • War Communism
  • Cheka
  • Foreign powers
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