This statue of Lenin
proudly in a dramatic action pose in front of the Smolny Institute from where
Lenin directed the
Bolshevik seizure of power on the night of 25/26 October (5/6 November
according to the European calendar) 1917. There were no such
dramatic poses that night for Lenin, just sitting behind a desk issuing
orders, pacing the Bolshevik offices and anxiously awaiting reports
from throughout Petrograd to see if the Bolshevik gamble had succeeded.
What you must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- See the videos dealing with the Russian Revolution in the HIS 242 course.
- For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the URL and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
Unit Learning Objectives
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, write a one-page paper (maybe
two pages if they are exceptional) that provides a detailed comparison of the
U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Russian Declaration of the Rights of
the Russian People.
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, read John Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World (free at www.bartleby.com/79/)
and explain Reed's explanation of why the Bolsheviks were able to seize power
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the Franco-Russian Alliance Military Convention (1892),
and write a paragraph that answers the question, How did this convention fit into the
pre-1914 diplomatic scene?
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read a newspaper account of
the Kishinev pogrom and write a paragraph explaining the impact of the pogrom
- For up to 5 points of extra credit,
you can submit the answers to the Russian Declaration of the Rights of the Russian People study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate a knowledge of the important historical developments of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the ensuing civil war and (2) provide some factors contributing to the successful seizure of power by the Bolshevik party.
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