The Aftermath of the Russian Revolution

Overview

"Situation serious. Anarchy in the capital. Government paralyzed," read a telegram to Russian Czar Nicholas II, 1917. This telegram came too late for Nicholas to prevent the massive revolution that overthrew his dynasty that established the rule of the Communist Soviets in Russia. Under its leaders, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, the Communist government was repressive and violent. The government forced people out of their homes, created famines when it confiscated crops to pay for industrialization, and controlled all aspects of Russian life.

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Overview

"Situation serious. Anarchy in the capital. Government paralyzed," read a telegram to Russian Czar Nicholas II, 1917. This telegram came too late for Nicholas to prevent the massive revolution that overthrew his dynasty that established the rule of the Communist Soviets in Russia. Under its leaders, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, the Communist government was repressive and violent. The government forced people out of their homes, created famines when it confiscated crops to pay for industrialization, and controlled all aspects of Russian life. Millions were executed or sent to work and die in forced labor camps. The Soviet Union supported the rise of Communism in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, engaged in a Cold War (1945-1991) against the United States and Western Europe, and changed world politics forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
The Russian Revolution was one of the most significant events of the 20th century. The overthrow of Czar Nicholas and the creation of a communist dictatorship under the harsh rule of Stalin ultimately lead to the separation of Western and Eastern Europe and the Cold War. From the "Aftermath of History" series, this slim book tells what happened in the decades after the Russian Revolution and the establishment of the communist dictatorship to the more recent dissolution of the Soviet Union and its slow democratization. Frequent sidebars provide additional information about relevant topics. At the end of the book readers will find a "Who's Who" with brief biographies of significant persons, as well as a time line, glossary, source notes, a bibliography, suggestions for further reading, recommended websites, and an index. Illustrated with period photographs, and packed with information, this book is an excellent choice for high school or a community college offering courses in modern Russian history. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822590927
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Aftermath of History Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathlyn Gay is the author of more than 120 books, some written in collaboration with family members who are scattered from coast to coast. Her books focus on social and environmental issues, culture, history, health, communication, and sports. Her writing has covered a range of age levels, from "first readers" and science booklets to young adult and adult nonfiction. Gay's work has also appeared in encyclopedias, teacher manuals, and portions of textbooks. Among her other published works are hundreds of magazine features and stories; plays; and promotional materials. Mao Zedong's China (Dictatorships) is among the several titles Ms. Gay has written for Lerner.

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