The Bolshevik Revolution

The Bolshevik Revolution

by John C. Davenport
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604132793
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Milestones in Modern World History Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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