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Russian Revolution Web Quest
The Russian Revolution was a political movement which had 2 major parts. The February revolution, which was the beginning of it all. And the October revolution, which was where the Soviets began gaining more and more control over the Bolsheviks, which were later known as the communist party. The Russian Revolution was at its peak in 1917 when it overthrew the government that had taken the place of the Russian Tsar. The Russian Tsar were rulers which had control over Imperial Russia for over 4 decades. The overthrow of this government led to many things including the Soviet Union; which was a group of Soviets ,varying throughout time, and ruling in all areas such as land owning and political influence. The Soviet Union was a strong standing, respected force for over 65 years until its collapse in 1991.
Vladimir Ilyitch Oulianav Lenin was a very intelligent man who achieved a lot during his life. After causing the Social Democratic party to divide into Mensheviks and Bolsheviks, Lenin moved back to his home country, Russia and pursued a life there. Soon he found himself making promises of removing Russia from the war if they were to put him in control of the country. By October of that year Lenin was put in power. Then, at the age of 47 he became the president of the Societies of Peoples Commissars, or the Communist Party. As Lenin began to suffer from a series of strokes, his power started to decline, and his last wishes of Trotsky taking his place were not fulfilled. For Stalin snuck into the position he felt he was worthy of.
Now go to: http://www.stel.ru/museum/february_russian_revolution.htm
1. How does this photograph basically sum up how Lenin ran his entire life?
2. What do Lenins comrades in the picture represent for his every day life?
Now go to: http://www.marx2mao.org/Lenin/SCC17.html
1. Based on this article what do you think would have happen if Lenin was not to "appeal" to the people?
2. Why do u think Lenin tried to purpose a resolution on the Vikzhel, when they were not part of the soviet?
3. What is Lenin purpose for reacting so quickly towards people who could turn on him, or turn out to be an enemy?
1. This photograph sums up how Lenin basically ran his whole life by, showing him in the front of all of his comrades. Lenin was always a leader, and this picture is essentially how he ran things. He was always sure to have people behind him, and people to represent him. Occasionally he would have someone at his side to give orders to or ask for advice. And in this picture, all of those things are completely visible.
2. This picture shows Lenin walking in front of several of his comrades. These people ,who are walking proudly behind Lenin, represent exactly who they are in his life. They are his people, his followers, the people who listen to ideas and commands and follow them. These comrades of his also represent the people who may have been part of the Communist party. They just show how Lenin took control of mainly everything and everyone in his life.
1. If Lenin was not to appeal to his followers, people or associates. They would probably not only overthrow the force that Lenin did not do a good enough job on, and then they would probably overthrow Lenin. But since Lenin was a smart man, he always did appeal to his people. So he never was overthrown. Until his death, when his wishes for Trotsky to be his successor were not granted.
2. Lenin probably tried to purpose on resolution on the Vikzhel, who he was fully aware were not represented by the Soviets, and didnt have many people on their side, for a couple of reasons. First, maybe he was trying to appeal to a new group of people so that he could add another group of followers to his party. Or, he may have thought they would do what he instructed them to, considering they were kind of "nobodies", did not have very much power, and they would listen to him.
3. Lenin reacted quickly on possible enemies, because he did not want to give people the chance, to hurt him, and the chance to not agree with what he had to say. If people were not quick to follow his orders he would turn on the group that he was initially trying to help. Before they could turn on him.