This statue of Lenin
proudly in a dramatic action pose in front of the Smolny Institute from where
Lenin directed the
Bolshevik seizure of power on the night of 25/26 October (5/6 November
according to the European calendar) 1917. There were no such
dramatic poses that night for Lenin, just sitting behind a desk issuing
orders, pacing the Bolshevik offices and anxiously awaiting reports
from throughout Petrograd to see if the Bolshevik gamble had succeeded.
What you must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
- Read chapter 24, especially the section on the Russian Revolution,
and chapter 25, especially the section "The Soviet Union under Lenin
- Read my remarks on the Russian Revolutions of 1917, then the period of NEP in the 1920s followed by Stalin's revolution in the 1930s.
- Read my additonal note on 1917.
- Study the Questions to Consider and the Key Terms for the week.
- Post (or respond) your thoughts/ideas about this unit's reading and assignment in the Blackboard online discussion forum. Do not post your assignment there.
- Submit the Web paper.
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 chapter 25. 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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