The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution


Prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917, Russia was an autocratic state.  Rulers, known as Tsars, were known to suppress progressive reforms and democratic ideals. World War I ushered in a new wave of calls for popular sovereignty and government reform.  This situation created an unstable environment and in 1917, the monarchy fell to a "provisional government."  Later that same year, the Provisional Government, too weak to withstand the internal and external pressure, fell to the Bolshevik Party.  A civil war followed this "Bolshevik Revolution," and by 1921 the Bolsheviks solidified their power establishing the Soviet Union.





Unit 3 - Russian Revolution



















"Russian Revoluion, 1917.  An angry crowd carrying a portrait of Czar Nicholas II to a bonfire in Petrograd during
the February Revolution (March 1917). Watercolor, 1917.
"  Image #0129373 of the Granger Collection, NYC.