The Bolshevik Revolution

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It was a revolution that would change the world by bringing about the global transition from capitalism to communism in a single generation-or so its supporters believed. Vladimir Lenin and his Bolsheviks hoped to carry humanity into a new day of equality justice, and freedom. To this end, they brought down the Russian government in October 1917 and began a vast political experiment that ended more than 70 years later in a way neither Lenin nor his followers ever would have anticipated. The Bolshevik Revolution ...

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Overview

It was a revolution that would change the world by bringing about the global transition from capitalism to communism in a single generation-or so its supporters believed. Vladimir Lenin and his Bolsheviks hoped to carry humanity into a new day of equality justice, and freedom. To this end, they brought down the Russian government in October 1917 and began a vast political experiment that ended more than 70 years later in a way neither Lenin nor his followers ever would have anticipated. The Bolshevik Revolution not only marked the end of Old Russia, it set in motion a chain of events that created a rivalry between East and West that defined the second half of the twentieth century.

Milestones In Modern World History introduces students to seminal historical events that helped shape the modern world. Bolstered by biographical sketches, illustrations, photographs, excerpts from primary source documents, and first-person narratives, this curriculum-based series is ideal for students writing reports.

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Gr 10 Up—Davenport's lucid exposition of the 1917 Russian revolution argues that the Bolshevik movement devolved into a "blatantly imperialistic" police state with little resemblance to the ideals of Lenin and the Communist party founders. The drama of the early struggle between reformist and revolutionary factions plays out compellingly, and the author offers some unusual turns of phrase, such as, "Bolshevik economic promises faded completely into a dull haze of shared hardship." While most of the focus is on the first half of the 20th century, the author makes brief mention of Putin's Russia and a return to "authoritarian" politics. This title, which includes numerous color and black-and-white photos, is for readers who are interested in gleaning more than the basic facts for a report. A cut above the average text for this audience.—Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604132793
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Milestones in Modern World History Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,334,461
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Killing the Tsar 7

2 Old Russia 14

3 The First Russian Revolution 23

4 The Fall of the House of Romanov 36

5 Rehearsal for Revolution 48

6 Resurgence 60

7 October Days 72

8 Reds and Whites 84

9 Old Russia Redux 97

Chronology and Timeline 106

Notes 109

Bibliography 112

Further Resources 114

Index 115

Picture Credits 120

About the Author 120

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