Unit 8: Russia
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
A snow-covered statue
of Lenin stands in front of the former Smolny Institute in St.
Petersburg. This girls institute, aka the Institute for Noble
Maidens, was founded by Catherine the
Great and later served as the Bolshevik Headquarters during the October
Revolution of 1917--kind of ironic, huh? The actual building was
1806-1808. After the Revolution, Smolny remained the city's
communist party headquarters until 1991. It is now the office of the
St. Petersburg mayor. See some additional photos.
Extra Credit Options
- See the videos dealing with the Russian Revolution in the HIS 242 course.
- For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the url and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
- Take the short 5-point quiz for chapters 31. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
- Write a one-page paper (maybe
two pages if they are exceptional) that provides a detailed comparison of the
U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Russian Declaration of the Rights of
the Russian People for a maximum of 50 points.
- Read John Reed's
Ten Days That Shook the World
(free at www.bartleby.com/79/)
and explain Reed's explanation of why the Bolsheviks were able to seize power
successfully for a maximum of 50 points (one or two pages).
- For 25 points maximum extra credit, read the
Franco-Russian Alliance Military Convention (1992)
and write a paragraph that answers the question: How did this Convention fit into the
pre-1914 diplomatic scene?
- For 25 points maximum extra credit, read a
newspaper account of
the Kishinev pogrom and write a paragraph explaining the impact of the pogrom
- For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points,
you can submit the answers to the Russian Declaration of the Rights of the Russian People study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send the title of the site, the url and a
brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to
the material being studied this unit.
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