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1 Changes and Challenges Part 1: The Russian Revolution Oh those Russians....
2 Revolution=Radical Change At the beginning of the 20th Century, Russia was ripe for changeOver 95% of the population was rural/ peasantry and VERY poorRuled by an autocratic Tsar (he had complete control over his subjects)Trailed behind other countries with little industry and almost no coloniesSuffered BIG defeats against Japan (1903) and then in WWI ( )
3 Time Out... What kinds of problems might these factors cause? What might people want to change?Most revolutions happen because of social, economic and political conditions
4 Background: MarxismKarl Marx & Frederick Engels, while living in London, became horrified by the working conditions they found in factories.They blamed industrial capitalism for the terrible conditions.Capitalism- an economic system in which ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations
5 In 1848 they published The Communist Manifesto, which was a form of socialism - public ownership of all land & means of production.Everyone would share the wealth as no one person would own the profits
6 Marxism There would be no private ownership. Marx stated that people who control the means of production have all the power & wealth and thus control society.According to Marx, throughout history society has always been divided into haves (bourgeoisie) and have-nots (proletariat).Bourgeoisie=business owners / wealthy peopleProletariat=workers / poor people
7 Marx predicted that the proletariat would rise up and take control of the means of production from the bourgeoisie.Why would they want to do this?
8 In Marx’s view...Once the revolution was won the proletariat would destroy the capitalists,a classless society would emergeeveryone would share the wealth.Bear in mind he was writing in The Russian Revolution happened in 1917
9 Why didn’t Marxism take off? Marx's theory ultimately did not take place worldwide as peoples’ standard of living increased in the late 1800'sthe many abuses of the early industrial revolution disappeared.Many countries adopted Liberalism—a capitalist system with elected governments that gave the people more of a say (but still tended to favour the wealthy)
10 So what does all this have to do with the Russian Revolution? While other countries moved forward, Russia seemed stuck in the Dark AgesMany people turned to Marxist and Liberal ideas as a way to better their livesThe Russian people wanted CHANGE
11 Two main political parties in Russia LiberalsMarxistsBourgeoisie (businessmen and landowners)Wanted democratically elected gov’t and right to own businesses and private property (like Britain, France, Canada, etc.)Proletariat (factory workers and landless peasants)Wanted wealth and land shared among everyone (that meant taking away from those who had it!)Split into 2 factions: Mensheviks and Bolsheviks
12 Underlying Causes of the Russian Revolution Autocratic rule of Tsar Nicholas IIPoor plight of peasants and factory workersPolitical reform demands by Liberals and MarxistsImpact of Russo-Japanese War and WWIInfluence of Grigori RasputinConsider these factors as we examine the events that took place
13 The Nature of TsarismTsar Nicolas II ruled Russia absolutely (autocratic ruler)He made all laws and used his army to repress any dissentNo freedom of the press, no political parties allowed
14 There was no Duma –elected parliament- to keep his power in check He was the head of the Russian Church as well and ruled by divine right (chosen by God to rule)There was no Duma –elected parliament- to keep his power in checkThe Romanov Family
15 The Russian Revolution Part 1: Rebellion in 1905
16 The Russo-Japanese War 1904-05 In 1904 Nicholas started disastrous war with JapanMade him VERY unpopular because:Conscripted peasantsPaid low wages to workers (war IS expensive)Suffered humiliating defeats (made worse because their opponents were non-European. Gasp!)War caused shortages of food and fuel
17 In January, 1905 –Bloody Sunday—Nic ordered his guards to fire on peaceful demonstrators (both liberals and Marxists)Soon he was at war with his own people and finally gave into some demands
18 The October Manifesto, 1905Nicholas granted some reforms to stop the spread of strikes and violence:Created a Duma (but gave it little power)Allowed freedom of speech and the press (but still censored when he saw fit)Gave the right to form political parties (but outlawed those he feared)*So really, Nicholas seemed to be reforming but didn’t really change his ways...
19 The October Manifesto appeared to give in to Liberal demands but the Tsar still had total power over the Duma.The Marxists were outlawed and went into hiding / exileThe most important such Marxist we will study is Vladimir Ilich Lenin
20 LeninExiled in Siberia and then western Europe, Lenin wanted a Marxist society in RussiaWhile in exile, Lenin plotted revolution for Russia so the workers would control the country in a classless society
21 Russia struggled to modernize but still had a largely rural population and conditions in factories for workers were poorIn most cities, workers organized themselves into soviets- literally, workers’ councils.Similar to trade unions, the soviets tried to improve conditions for workers and try to give them a voice since the Duma was mostly upperclass. Many members were socialists.
22 Things seemed to be improving slowly until disaster struck in 1914 ....
23 Impact of WWIRussia suffered heavy casualties on the Eastern Front (Tannenburg)Peasants were angry about being conscriptedThe army was ill equipped (shared rifles)What little food, goods and raw materials were available were sent to the front so there were HUGE shortages in the cities
24 Urban workers were unemployed by the thousands as factories shut down Socialists and Liberals started calling for an end to the war but Nicholas refusedThe Tsar even took over control of the army in 1915—he was then blamed for the heavy casualtiesThe war led many to turn against the Tsar
25 The Russian Revolution Part 2: The March Revolution 1917
26 Peace! Bread! Land! Peace—wanted Russia to get out of WWI Bread—wanted an end to food shortagesLand—peasants had no access to land of their own and depended on landowners for their livelihood
27 Meanwhile, back at the palace.... Rasputin lounges with the ladies...
28 Role of Rasputin Grigori Rasputin was a peasant spiritualist (monk) He gained the trust of the Tsarina Alexandria when he appeared to heal her son’s haemophelia
29 While the Tsar was away at the front in WWI, the Tsarina began to trust Rasputin more than her noble advisorsThey became jealous of his influence and rumours circulated he was having an affair with the tsarinaRasputin was known as quite a ladies man....
31 Rasputin was blamed for Russia’s problems for 2 reasons: His affair with the Tsarina made people lose confidence in the Tsar (not very manly to have your wife fooling around on you)Since he was a trusted advisor, the poor economic, political and social conditions were his fault
32 Several nobles finally got fed up and murdered Rasputin in 1916 He had been poisoned, stabbed, bludgeoned and finally drownedTalk about overkill...
33 Rasputin’s prediction... I write and leave behind me this letter at St. Petersburg. I feel that I shall leave life before January 1...If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you Tsar of Russia, have nothing to fear, remain on your throne and govern, and you, Russian Tsar, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years in Russia...if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then no one in the family, that is to say, none of your children or relations, will remain alive for more than two years. They will be killed by the Russian people...You must reflect and act prudently. Think of your safety and tell your relations that I have paid for them with my blood. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living."Pray, pray, be strong,think of your blessed family.Grigory
34 The Tsar AbdicatesIn March, 1917 women marched in the streets demanding bread. They shamed the men into joining themHundreds of thousands took to the streets. This time when the Tsar ordered his guards to fire they refused
35 Members of the Duma demanded the Tsar abdicate (give up his power) Members of the Duma demanded the Tsar abdicate (give up his power). He did.A provisional (temporary) government was set up under Alexander Kerensky until an election could be held .Kerensky allowed more freedoms than the Tsar but did NOT end the war and did NOT fix the land/food shortage problemsBIG MISTAKES!
36 The Russian Revolution Part 3: The November Bolshevik Revolution 1917
37 Why did the Provisional Gov’t fall 8 months later? Kerensky and the Duma made 2 critical errors:They decided to stay in the war. They refused to abandon their allies and hoped to gain territory when Germany was defeatedThey postponed dealing with the land crisis until an election could be held in November. Most peasants were still hungry and without land but Kerensky was unable to deal with these problems
38 Meanwhile, the soviets (workers’ councils, remember them Meanwhile, the soviets (workers’ councils, remember them?) had grown more powerful in every city as workers depended on them for a voiceThe largest and most powerful was the Petrograd Soviet (named for its city, Petrograd)Trivia note: The city of St. Petersburg was renamed Petrograd during WWI because it sounded “too German”
39 Petrograd The one on the left... St. Petersburg, Russia St. Petersburg, FloridaPetrograd
40 The Petrograd Soviet was very critical of the Provisional government It spoke for workers and soldiersIn March 1917, Germany arranged to smuggle Lenin back in to Russia in a special sealed trainWhy would the Germans do this?They hoped Lenin would take Russia out of the war thus allowing Germany to fight on only the Western Front.
41 Lenin issued his “April Theses” He demanded an immediate end to the warLand to be taken from nobility and redistributed to peasantsPower to be given to the Soviets (end of provisional gov’t) “All power to the soviets!”
42 Lenin was the leader of the Bolsheviks and travelled through cities, riling up the people with cries for “Peace! Land! Bread!”In November, 1917, Lenin and his Bolsheviks (especially Leon Trotsky) took control of key facilities in Petrograd, including the Winter Palace, bridges, train stations, telegraph offices, etc.Kerensky’s Provisional Gov’t was overthrown and the Bolsheviks were now in power
43 Source analysis Source A Using the sources and your knowledge of history analyze the causes of the Russian Revolution.Carefully examine each source and use all the info you’re given to answer in essay format“We want peace! We want bread! We want land!” Slogan of Russian peasants in 1917
44 The Russian Tsars at home Source BThe Caption Reads:The Dominant RasputinThe Russian Tsars at home
45 Source A What is depicted in the source? (given info) To what does this refer? (own knowledge)
61 Controlled the means of transportation and communication 5.Controlled the means of transportation and communication
62 With the end of WWI the Allies abandoned the Whites, Why? 6.With the end of WWI the Allies abandoned the Whites, Why?
63 The period between 1917-1921 during the civil war was known as War Communism. Introduced to ensure the Reds won the Civil WarFactories with more than 10 workers were taken over by the BolsheviksStrikes were illegalPeasants were forced to give all surplus grain to the government, which was given to the soldiers and the factory workers in the cities
64 Result of War Communism? Peasants stopped producing surplus grain because they couldn’t sell it.This led to the Red Army seizing all grain which infuriated the peasantsThey started to rebel and burned their land and livestock