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The Russian Revolution

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The year 1905 saw Russia submerged in a wave of mass political and social unrest, including terrorism, worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies. This led to the establishment of limited constitutional monarchy, the State Duma of the Russian Empire, the multi-party system, and the Russian Constitution of 1906.

The Russian Revolution is the collective term for a series of revolutions in Russia in 1917, which destroyed the Tsarist autocracy and led to the creation of the Soviet Union. The Tsar was deposed and replaced by a provisional government in the first revolution of February 1917, which was focused on Petrograd. The February Revolution took place in the context of heavy military setbacks during the First World War, which left much of the army in a state of mutiny

The Soviets, which were led by more radical socialist factions, initially permitted the Provisional Government to rule, but insisted on a prerogative to influence the government and control various militias’ leading to the second revolution, during October, in which the Provisional Government was removed and replaced with a Bolshevik government.

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  1. raffi98 says:

    But you don’t change a whole country, his society and his entire hierarchy each time there’s no bread. that’s complete non sense. So if there’s a way for other countries to attack a regime (let’s say Greece for instance today), they can manage an economic warfare, or setting conditions for trouble. So that in the end, you have to look at a larger picture, and see where money comes from, where it goes, who is concentrating the power (not the tsar obviously) etc. here just the classic bread story!

  2. raffi98 says:

    well i won’t watch it entirely.This kind of story, “oh the poor people”, “they have no bread”, “one guy did this, another did that” seems to me, to be way out of the big picture. History is not a sequence of stochastic events. There are tremendous force that make the History bend. For example, some revolutionary leaders have roamed a lot in the country in order to speak to people and make them rally a growing movement.

  3. Hellfryable says:

    Seems to be a trend amongst “communist” states doesn’t it? Give me one example of a “communist” state that didn’t quickly degenerate into a brutal dictatorship… And don’t bother giving me Lenin – he turned dictator the second he dissolved the constituent assembly because the Bolsheviks didn’t win the elections (that the Bolsheviks organized and ran in – before you go down the questioning its legitimacy route).

  4. wesst uses this to distablize russia by traying to play the “ideal card” If Lenin’s state did not do what it did, it would of been overan by the 15 imperialist powers. The entire country had to be tunred into a military camp. Stalin continued this, dumb liberal.

  5. wow, getting anal about typos, i would suggest you may be a grammer Nazi, but i know you must be far more left wing. the link seems not to work again, but chucked it into google and found al-Mahjoub’s review of the RR in colour. I found that a large amount of the argument seems unnecessary: Lenin’s role before the RR whilst the conclusion is weak, critisizing the doc’s position of promoting democracy highlighting the Constituan Ass. a 5 month rabble as the inhereant goodness of the RR.

  6. then maybe i can “expect” to accept that communism works? As it stands its a mistake to count one’s eggs before they hatch, generally as communist nations progress and GDP increases they become more and more capitalist, as its historically the best way to further one’s economy…

  7. amsterdam78 says:

    “smocked?” I am a member of the Socialist Party, but we are not extreme, just well read. Yes, you do know where to go, we don’t mind, because we are a very open and free society; however, the vast majority of Dutch citizens don’t smoke Marijuana or go to the Red Light District. We leave that for all the British, American, Canadian, German tourists. Still, we have safe streets, high education numbers, and generally get along with each other in peace.

  8. Sounds like you have quite a collection of marxist/communist literature, more than just a hobby? is sombody somewhat ennamoured with the concept? I must admitt that your standpoint so far has smocked somewhat of an extremest. And il have you know that we the british are the best in the world at hooliganism and when we are looking for accessable marajuana and cheap vagina we know exactly where to go.

  9. amsterdam78 says:

    I graduated from there with a BA in History in 1978, and a PhD in Comparative Economics in 1982. We read just as much, if not more, in The Netherlands; at least back then. I have a library at home with over 880 books, 340+ on Marxism related topics; such as, art, economics, history, theory, military, and religion to name a few. I meet a lot of British people in Amsterdam, mostly starting fights when drunk, or crowding our coffee shops.

  10. amsterdam78 says:

    If your “school” has it blocked, just proves to me what kind of schooling you get. is the largest site on the internet for historical, economic, and social questions and debate of Marxism. The site is Run by The International Marxist Tendency, which has approximately 30K members in 40 Countries. Obviously you are getting the History Channel/BBC Version of History” Approved, with an agenda that you are not permitted free thought, because we all know free thinking is dangerous!?

  11. amsterdam78 says:

    I find it sad, that they are going to stamp you with a degree in “history,” yet you are not taught or given the freedom to analyze or debate it. “they are churning out dumb people more then anywhere else in the world.” Totally not on par with The University of Amsterdam. You can’t be going to the University of London, the IMT gives regular lectures there.

  12. 5th grade? I thought it was mildy humorous! I should be studying for my last BA Military History final-year exam (friday), so shall give it a look over the weekend. although I must say i am looking forward to it! the university internet network has the site on a blocked list so I am expection a credible balanced documentary followed by a hearty debate with somone of sane, un-idoctrinated mind. What else from MARXIST.c o m? (sarcasm heaped on on so heavily I am swimming in it)

  13. didnt take long for somone’s political agenda to be weedled out!(the tooth fairy takes teeth, not truth,though they sound similar)Communism FAILED in Russia and China, you show me a country that is thriving under communism that isnt in the arse-end of beyond and I will spin on a dime!I am friends with people that adopt your standpoint,they are wrong, but at least they dont attack balenced documentaries on the web as “garbage propaganda”.open your eyes, nobody is fighting you, as the war is over.

  14. amsterdam78 says:

    Keep telling yourself Communism is dead, maybe the tooth fairy will leave a shiny pound under your pillow. LMAO! Amazing for something long dead, there are still billions of followers, and so many people on the other side writing books and articles saying it’s not happening?

  15. no you are completely correct, Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution will not be in the least be pro-communist! there is a vast chasm on the left wing between liberalism and communism. We (or at least I do in Britain) live in a liberal environment that is entirely driven by the so called “1%” yet riots and revolutions are hardly cracked down on, let alone compared to the actions of a bunch of russians during world war 1.Communism is long dead and the red scare died with Brezhnev&Gorbachev

  16. amsterdam78 says:

    The amount of money spent on this, is miniscule to the affect continuing the old “red scare” propaganda that keeps americans and other westerners afraid of anything with the words, liberal, progressive, radical, revolutionary, communist, socialist, labor, etc. I have read many books, none of them Stalinist or approved by the Stalinist soviet union. 2 books to name are, Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution, and John Reed’s Ten Day’s That Shock The world.” This show was funded by the 1%.

  17. so you disagree with the documentary; but what, pray, would be the motivation behind spending such a great amount of time and money on creating a piece of “garbage propaganda”? to defame a debunked ideology? seems jolly unlikely. There are and always have been contrasting opinions on historical events, it is entirely plausable that what you have “read” was written as propaganda (more likely if written before 1989) however without citing sources i would not make offhand accusations, unlike some.

  18. Sismiques says:

    Yeah, like I remember when the “History Channel” had “Russia, Land of The Tsars”, which was utter propaganda, because first, the word/name Rus means people, not “Tsar”.But also they just gave the history of early proto-Russian and later, the Tsarist era, glorified Tsarism, and when it came to the Soviet era, they skipped over it entirely and acted like it was all bad.

  19. amsterdam78 says:

    Garbage propaganda! I have read many many books by different people who were there, and none of this is what really happened. It’s the same old game of defaming the Russian Revolution, and cherry picking or out right making up its statements. As for the “experts” all of them are picked because they agree with spreading this propaganda, it sells their books or fulfills some other agenda. I have seen many other documentary’s from around the world, that disagree with this, and they also are against

  20. The Soviet totalitarian communism was as dogmatic as theistic religions…a root of evil…against human life, freedom, and growth..and as we evolve, we will hopefully leave behind all types of dogmas and totalitarianisms, whether celestial or terrestrial…

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