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1917 Revolution (08:03)


Russia was a tsarist monarchy until the revolution led by the Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin. Writer Maxim Gorky was friends with Lenin and a key member of the revolution.

Russian Provincial Government (04:51)

Protesters stormed the duma in the Tauride Palace of St. Petersburg. A provincial government consisted of officials from the duma and Soviet protesters. The Soviets were divided into many groups; the Bolsheviks were the smallest and most radical.

Lenin's Rise to Power (05:05)

Lenin returned from exile in April 1917. He wanted to do away with former duma members and have the entire government be Soviet.

Uniting Russian workers (06:51)

Factory workers joined the revolution because of unemployment and low wages. The soldiers, who were mostly from the peasant class, wanted fair land distribution. Lenin called for an immediate end to Russia's involvement in World War I.

Lenin's Balancing Act (04:54)

Lenin provoked the people against the provincial government and then hold them back to control the speed of the revolution. In July 1917, provincial government supporters shot at Soviet protesters and more than 100 died. The provincial government began arresting Bolsheviks and Lenin went into hiding.

Russian Political Maneuvering (06:22)

Left-leaning Soviets refused to join the violence against the Bolsheviks and were forced out of the provincial government. After a failed coup by the military, the Soviets, including the Bolsheviks, reestablished in the government.

October Revolution (07:37)

The Soviets overthrew the provincial government in October 1917. Lenin told Russian workers they controlled their own fate while he also turned the government into a dictatorship. The Cheka was created to arrest the Bolsheviks’ political opponents.

Communist Russia (07:22)

Lenin's goal was to spread communism to free the world. After a few failed attempts, the Bolsheviks turned their attention to worsening conditions within Russia.

Credits: 1917: The Making of a Revolution (00:54)

Credits: 1917: The Making of a Revolution

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The Russian Revolution of 1917 marked the beginning of a new era, sending shockwaves across the world and overturning political thought. Through the voices of Vladimir Lenin and Maxim Gorky, discover the two faces of the Revolution: the theory and the practice. Let us return to this mixture of exaltation and nervousness that propelled the Revolution's actors. Retrace their steps by using their own words, their outlook. This dual narrative will give a rich perspective: one abrupt, unpredictable, moving– will be Gorky. The other – as cold as history and tactics, the planning of the next move – will follow Lenin. Both the writer and the revolutionary are haunted by the failure of the last great European revolution, the Paris Commune, 1871. Through exclusive archives and beautiful animation, Stan Neumann will immerse us into the day by day events, from February to October 1917.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: FPT160980

ISBN: 978-1-64481-217-4

Copyright date: ©2017

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