Monday, March 27, 2017

Month 8 Week 1

Watch the Youtube on the Russian Revolution Discuss your thoughts on this event. You may comment on any aspect.

The Russian Revolution

11 comments:

  1. Jessica Wills-PliskoMarch 29, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Although in theory Russian peasants in the early 20th century owned their own land, they were deeply in debt and barely surviving with antiquated, subsistence-level agricultural techniques and equipment. Many moved to the cities to find work in the burgeoning factories, but they were met with poor living conditions, low wages and no rights as workers. The Tzar, trying to govern a huge country alone, ignored the Duma, the Russian parliament, as well as the pleas of the peasants, choosing to crush their opposition rather than consider their grievances. This left the poor open to the propaganda of the Bolsheviks and other dissidents who encouraged revolution against the Tzarist regime. At first World War I inspired patriotism, but it soon became apparent that the Russian army was hopelessly ill-equipped and poorly led, as it began to suffer heavy losses and major defeats. The Tzar had alienated himself from the officers, and desertions became commonplace. When the revolution began, the Tzar called upon the army to restore order.

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  2. The Russian revolution was a revolution that transformed Russia into a Communist government. Communism did't work though, because it required the government to own everyone's possessions.

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  3. The Russian Revolution was a series of revolutions in Russia in 1917 that led to the downfall of the Tsarist government and helped create the Soviet Union. The revolution happened as a result of anger toward Tsar Nicholas II.

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  4. The Russian Revolution was a fascinatingly gray period in terms of morality. As highlighted towards the end of the video, the Russian people inadvertently ended up exchanging one absolute totalitarian ruler for another. Even Lenin, the more cultured and seemingly heroic leader of the Revolution, was plenty ruthless. The Russian Revolution also raises some interesting questions about ends vs. means. Not only did the Bolsheviks use violent force to achieve a more progressive government, but Stalin employed back-breaking labor one step removed from slavery in his attempt to improve industrial and agricultural production. The worst part was it succeeded, creating a dramatic spike in turnouts. It leads you to wonder what you can really classify as "success" when people are suffering as a result.

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  5. I would like to comment on the mini revolutions that the common people of Russia led. The first was Bloody Sunday. On January 22, 1905, about 200,000 workers and their families marched to the czar's Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, carrying a petition asking for better working conditions, more personal freedom, and an elected national legislature. However, only Nicolas II's generals and police chiefs were at the palace, and they ordered the soldiers to open fire on the crowd. Between 500 and 1,000 unarmed people were killed! This massacre provoked a wave of strikes & violence and led to the temporary creation of the Duma. The next was the March Revolution of 1917, in which women textile workers started a citywide strike. This led to riots over bread and fuel, and nearly 200,000 workers swarmed the streets. Soon, the soldiers - who were ordered to shoot the rioters - began siding with them and joined the rebellion! A local protest had exploded into a great uprising, which caused Czar Nicolas II to abdicate his throne.

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  6. Thank you for the interesting bit of history Kelly. It seems that in some that individuals, regardless of time or place, freedom is very important.

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  7. Chapter 11 section 2
    Explain how Japanese expansionism led to war with the allies in Asia. Japanese attacks on other countries surrounding it led to other countries declaring war on Japan.

    Explain the importance of the Allies’ strategy in turning the tide of war against Japan. The bombing of Tokyo showed that the Japanese were vulnerable.

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  8. The Russian Revolution was multiple small revolutions that led to the downfall of the Czarist ruler Nicolas II. When he fell, communism took over the government and the Soviet Union came to power.

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  9. The Russian Revolution was an event during, and after the first world war. As Vladimir lenin came into power, Russia went into civil war against the communists. The new Communist regime in Russia was named the U.S.S.R (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), or Soviet Russia. After the first world war ended, the revolution burned brighter, and the communists won. Paving the way to world war 2.

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  10. The Russian Revolution was a revolution that contained many of small revolutions in it. This revolution caused the downfall of the Tsarist government and eventually led to the rise of the Soviet Union

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