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Russian Revolution CH 11.5. Russian Czars ► ► Russian Czars were autocrats with unlimited power. ► ► Czars owned railroads, industrial plants, and millions.

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1 Russian Revolution CH 11.5

2 Russian Czars ► ► Russian Czars were autocrats with unlimited power. ► ► Czars owned railroads, industrial plants, and millions of acres of Land. ► ► They used their wealth to build palaces & to lavishly entertain guests. ► ► The royal throne was encrusted with more than 870 diamonds and hundreds of other precious jewels.

3 Czars had Absolute Power ► ► They controlled nearly half the peasant population. ► ► There was no parliament or court system to question their decisions. ► ► They could appoint and dismiss all government ministers. ► ► The Czar commanded the army and headed the Russian Orthodox Church. ► ► “The czar is a father, his subjects are his children, and children ought never to question their parents.” Czar Nicholas I

4 March Revolution ► Unrest Deepens  Nicholas Romanov II ~ Czar of Russia ► Weak and ineffective leader fails to solve Russia’s basic political, economic, & social problems. ► Elected Duma has no real power to make changes  Moderates pressed for a constitution and social change  Nicholas blocked attempts to limit his power ► Revolutionaries plotted to over throw the Tsar  Made up of Marxists and the proletariat (workers)

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6 March Revolution ► Impact of WWI  Factories could not produce enough supplies  Transportation system broke down  By 1915 many soldiers didn’t have riffles or ammunition ► 2 million casualties in just 1915  Nicholas takes charge of the “front” ► Military disaster  Alexandra is left in charge of domestic issues ► Alexandra relies on the advice of G. Rasputin (self proclaimed “holy man”)

7 March Revolution ► Czar Steps Down  March 1917 ► Disasters on the front, low fuel and food brought the monarchy to collapse.  Workers went on strike  Women marched for bread ► Duma politicians establish a provisional government  Begin to prepare a constitution  War with Germany continued ► Bolsheviks (radical socialist group) take charge

8 Lenin & the Bolsheviks ► Brilliant Revolutionary  Read the works of Karl Marx & participated in student demonstrations ► Spread Marxist ideas among factory workers along with other socialists ► Lenin's View of K. Marx  Lenin adapted Marxist ideas to fit Russian conditions ► Called for an elite group to lead the revolution, used the name “Bolshevik” meaning majority ► Lenin Believed only revolution could bring about needed changes  “Long Live the world-wide Socialist revolution!” V.I. Lenin

9 Bolsheviks Rise to Power ► Provisional govt’s mistakes  Led by A. Kerensky ► Failed to end the war and deal with land reform ► Growing numbers of troops mutinied and peasants seized land ► Bolshevik takeover  Nov Red Guard attacked & overthrew the Provisional Government ► Workers are given control of factories and mines ► New Flag w/ hammer and sickle symbolized the union between workers and peasants

10 Civil War ► Opposing Forces  Civil war raged for 3yrs. Between the “Reds” and the counterrevolutionary “Whites”. ► White armies were made up of tsarist imperial officers ► “Allies” supported the Whites  fed the Communist distrust of the West.  War under Communism ► Used terror against the “Whites” & to control their own people ► Cheka (secret police) & forced labor camps are created ► “War Communism”- Banks, factories, & railroads are taken over ► Under Trotsky Red army is turned into an effective force ► Communists defeat their “foes”

11 Building the Communist Soviet Union ► New government same problems  1923 Lenin renames Russia to Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) ► Constitution w/ both democratic & socialist ideas is created  Elected legislature, citizens the right to vote (18yrs.), all production belonged to workers & peasants.  However Communist Party (NOT the people) had control (just as the Russian tsars did).

12 Building the Communist Soviet Union ► Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP)  Allowed for some capitalist ventures, ► small businesses were allowed to reopen for private profit ► peasants could hold small plots of land & sell extra crops  Govt. still controlled banks, foreign trade, & large industries  By 1928 food and industrial production were back to pre-war levels. ► Stalin takes over  1924 Lenin dies ► Chief contenders Leon Trotsky & Joseph Stalin ► Stalin outmaneuvers Trotsky and assumes control of USSR

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