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The History of the Russian Revolution - The Russian Revolution is a widely studied and seemingly well understood time in modern, European history, boasting a vast wealth of texts and information from those of the likes of Robert Service, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Allan Bullock, Robert Conquest and Jonathan Reed, to name a few, but none is so widely sourced and so heavily relied upon than that of the account of Leon Trotsky, his book “History of the Russian Revolution” a somewhat firsthand account of the events leading up to the formation of the Soviet Union....   [tags: Russian History ]
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Yeltsin and Russian History - There would be no more elections for three years, until the Parliamentary elections of 1999. With the 1998 Russian Financial Crisis and given his old age, it was time for Yeltsin to go. His health had been an issue for years, but he had not been ready to name a successor. Prior to the election, Yeltsin fired his entire cabinet and two prime ministers, eventually landing on Vladimir Putin, who was relatively unknown at the time. After Putin swiftly shut down the Chechen terrorist attack and proclaimed that “Russian Army will chase down the terrorists”, his popularity exploded....   [tags: Russian Financial Crisis, Vladimir Putin]
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The Impact of the Petrine Reforms in Russian History - In Russian history, the eighteenth century was characterized by significant changes to the political, economical, social and cultural fabric of Russian life that shifted Muscovite Russia’s isolated position and mindset of the Middle Ages into modernization and westernization. The driving force of reformation is accredited to Peter the Great whose reign (1694 – 1725) ushered in European ideas, models, manners, and philosophies. Willingly accepted or not, government intervention was evident in almost all aspects of life....   [tags: European history, world history] 1758 words
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Russian Revolution of 1917 - A great struggle went on in Russia in the early 1900s. The Russian people were being oppressed by the Czarist government, just as African-Americans in the early 20th century were being oppressed by segregation. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, the Russian people dreamed of revolution. One day they might be able to own their own farms and their own cows. They had a chance to make all this happen one day. The city of Petrograd burst with protest, and the workers opened the doors to freedom and prosperity....   [tags: Russian History ]
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Russian History - The Soviet Union has had numerous leaders throughout it’s existence as a country. However, there are a few leaders that will forever be in Russian history books and lectures. Among those leaders who have had the largest influence on the Soviet Union are; Vladimir Lenin, Peter the Great, Alexander Kerensky, and Joseph Stalin to name a few. While all of the leaders are interesting and have influence on Russia, this research paper will specifically focus on Joseph Stalin. Joseph Stalin lead the Soviet Union for over 20 years and he certainly had a unique way of doing so....   [tags: Vladimir Lenin, Peter the Great] 2243 words
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Animal Farm: An Allegory of Russian History - Animal Farm is an allegory of the period in Russian history between 1917 and 1944. It is a satirical story written in the form of an animal fable. In writing Animal Farm as a fable, George Orwell is able to present his subject in simple symbolic terms by treating the development of communism as a story that is taking place on a single farm with talking animals. The characters of Animal Farm represent figures in Russian history during the Russian Revolution. Places, objects, and events of the Russian Revolution are also symbolized in Animal Farm....   [tags: Animal Farm Essays] 912 words
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Reformative Actions and Changes in Russian History - Throughout much of Russian history, reformative actions and changes to redirect the course of the country have been undertaken “from above” by the central government as a result of mass revolution “from below.” Maintaining central government control on reform has allowed true political power to always remain within the central government. From the era of Kievan Rus and onward, Russia’s expansion and entrance into the global arena created a difficult task for the government: what is the most effective way to govern a country as uniquely large as Russia from one of few urban centers....   [tags: economic reform, central government] 2341 words
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Russian Revolution - During the 1900’s the Russian Government made it extremely hard for the Bolsheviks to progress which made them revolt against the government making this a prime matter for the start of the Revolution. The Czarist government was ostracized by the common people of Russia so Tsar Nicholas II was overthrown by the Provisional Government, whom later on were overthrown by Lenin and shortly after the Bolsheviks took control over Russia. Russia was hard to develop because of the major leaders who had control; Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky....   [tags: Russian History]
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Russian Revolution - Russia had been an autocratic government for 300 years under the Romanov Dynasty before the revolution of 1917. When problems started in the early 1900’s most people were serfs that had been freed about 20 years before. In 1914 during World War One, Czar Nicholas II decided to stay in war with Germany despite what the rest of his country thought. Nicholas posed a distraction from the countries problems. His plan was to keep his soldiers minds off of the horrible living conditions of Russia by staying in war with Germany and starting a war with Japan in hope that he would lead his country to a victory; both wars were lost, giving Russian citizens more to be upset about....   [tags: Russian History]
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A Very Brief Look at Russian History - ... The Duma approved a provisional government to restore order, and Nicholas soon abdicated in the face of the fervent loathing directed towards him. The provisional government advocated moderate policies, but was unable to secure the end of the war in Russia. Eventually the Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, stormed the Winter Palace and deposed the provisional government. The Bolsheviks did not easily claim complete control, though. It took three years for the Bolsheviks to consolidate broad authority over the entire span of Russia....   [tags: Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, ] 2181 words
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Rasputin and Russian History - Rasputin and Russian History Rasputin had such an influence over the Tsar and Tsaritsa because the Tsarevich suffered from haemophilia. The only person who seemed able of helping him whilst in pain was Rasputin , he came to have much influence over the royal family-especially the Tsaristsa. In a way he was a puppet master, as the cartoon drawing shows the Tsar and Tsaritsa as puppets in Rasputin's hands as seen in A2 The people who lived in the countryside had poor living standards, their houses were built of wood, a big, white washed brick stove is in the middle of a room, on the...   [tags: Papers] 1525 words
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Failure of the Russian Provisional Government - ... However the military attacked the peaceful demonstrations and engaged in repression against the Bolsheviks. During this repression Lenin went into hiding, whilst other Bolshevik leaders were arrested (Malone, 2009,P, 115. P, 116). The aftermath of the July Days signified a temporary deterioration of growth, power and influence to the Bolsheviks. By the end of April and Russia still engaging in the World War, Milyukov, minister of war, wanted to defend Russian by making territorial gains so if the allies won, then Russia could take “control of the Black sea…which they had wanted for centuries” (AMAZING SOURCE)....   [tags: history of Europe, Russian revolution] 772 words
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Russian History - Russian History 1. Catherine II (the Great). The successor of the sickly Peter III, Catherine II was his wife until his suspected murder and she took the throne in 1762. Although she made no great reforms in Russian society, she gathered many friends by her death in 1796. Catherine had to keep the nobility pleased at all times because if she didn’t she could be dethroned easily. Because of this she carried out very few social reforms. Russia continued to follow an economic growth that Peter that Great had started....   [tags: Papers] 2843 words
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Russian Working Conditions in the 19th Century - Russian Working Conditions in the 19th Century Karl Marx drafted The Communist Manifesto with Friedrich Engels in the mid-19th century after living in Moscow and seeing the strife of laborers there. The document was a reflection on the two men’s belief that the wealthier members of society were exploiting the working class. From his experience in Russian society, Marx became concerned with the way that the majority of the “proletariat” class was living. The filthy and inhumane working conditions, the negligible wages, and the way that the employers disrespected their employees, all led to Marx penning The Communist Manifesto....   [tags: Russian History] 1509 words
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Russian Avant-Garde - Russian Avant-Garde was born at the start of the 20th century out of intellectual and cultural turmoil. Through the analysis of artworks by Aleksandr Rodchenko and El Lissitzky this essay attempts to explore the freedom experienced by artists after the Russian Revolution in 1917. This avant-garde movement was among the boldest and most advanced in Europe. It signified for many artists an end to the past academic conventions as they began to experiment with the notions of space, following the basic elements of colour, shape and line....   [tags: Russian History, Artists, Russian Revolution] 1660 words
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The Russian Avant Garde and the Bolshevik Revolution - The Russian Avant Garde and the Bolshevik Revolution The Russian Avant Garde began in Russia in about 1915 It was the year that Malevich revealed his Suprematist compositions that reduced painting to total abstraction. and rid the pictures of any reference whatsoever to the visual world. He is credited with being the first artist to do this; that is, forsake the visual world for a world of pure feeling and sensation. This was the first movement originated by Russians and the birth of several other Avant Garde movements....   [tags: Art Russian History]
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Militirization and Modernization in Petrine Russia - Militarization and Modernization in Petrine Russia In the eighteenth century, the political, economic, and socio-cultural fabric of Russian life underwent important changes. Generally speaking, these changes were indicative of a transition from an isolated position of Muscovite Russia still ingrained with a mentality characteristic of the Middle Ages to a new consciousness of modernization and increased westernization. This major shift in Russian history was the product of broad, deliberate reform, accredited to the reign of Peter the Great (1694-1725), which ushered in European art, literature, philosophy, and ideas of political organization and administration....   [tags: Russian History] 1413 words
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What Sparked the Russian Revolution? - What Sparked the Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution took place during difficult time in Russia. These troubles began before World War I and lasted up until 1930's. Russia's population was made up of mostly poor, starving peasants. A small working and middle class began to rise to help industrialize Russia. But a corrupt government made it difficult for Russia to advance. This added to the turmoil. World War I placed a serious hurt on Russia. Although at first it raised national pride and enthusiasm, it quickly drained resources and poorly trained peasants quickly found themselves fighting with no weapons....   [tags: Russian Russia History] 567 words
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Nicholas Romanov's Role in the Russian Revolution - Nicholas Romanov's Role in the Russian Revolution "Nicholas Romanov was an ignorant, incompetent and insensitive leader. His character was the decisive factor in bringing on the revolution" "The last Tsar of Russia was a tragic figure a classic case of being a leader in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nothing within his power could have prevented the forces of change from overtaking Tsarist Russia." To what extent do you agree with these explanations of the collapse of autocracy in Russia....   [tags: Russian Russia History] 1390 words
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The Revolution of 1905: The First Russian Revolution - The Revolution of 1905: The First Russian Revolution We are, however, slightly ahead of our story. The short period of 1900-1906 provides an essential piece of the puzzle to make the picture of the Russian Revolution complete. Russia's Asian policy under Nicholas II took a decidedly expansionist and aggressive tone, culminating in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. A primarily naval conflict on Russia's Far Eastern frontier, this war brought back the awful memories of the Crimean defeat when Japan's newly modernized army and navy routed the out-dated, ill-equipped Russian forces....   [tags: Russian History Revolution Historical Essays] 4229 words
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The Russian Peasant in Pre-Revolutionary Times - The Russian Peasant in Pre-Revolutionary Times Russia in the late 19th and early 20th century was riddled with social and economic hardships throughout the countryside and inner cities. The Russian peasant was faced with widespread poverty and poor living conditions throughout their entire life. The economic situation and the living conditions drove the peasants and working class to rebel and begin the Russian revolution that would change the face of the country and impact the world forever. The peasants were the lowest ranking social group in Russia....   [tags: Russian History russia Revolution Essays]
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Lenin's New Economic Policy: A Study of Short and Long Term Viability - The New Economic Policy instituted by Vladimir Lenin in 1922 was seen as a necessary evil in order to maintain power in the Soviet Union. While most historians agree with Lenin’s assessment and believe that without the change the entire Soviet economy would have collapsed there is a wide range of thoughts on the true effectiveness of the NEP. This paper will look at the progression of the NEP and the differing views Bolshevik leaders had on it as well as the perceived effectiveness of the limited free market policies adopted by these socialist leaders....   [tags: Russian History]
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The Rise and Fall of Russia's "Mad Monk" - Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was a man surrounded by many controversies. From his humble beginning to his untimely and well-analyzed murder, he was considered poisonous and beneficial, revered and insane. Being a simple peasant, Rasputin’s influence over the Romanovs and their associating political figures was astounding to many people, but few would disagree with the fact that he was one of the major causes of the Russian Revolution, and the grisly end of the Romanov line. The beginning of Grigori Rasputin’s long and eventful life was anything but fabulous....   [tags: Russian History]
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Duma Member: Right or Left? - The first twenty years of the nineteenth century for Russia was such a time in which change and inconsistency were consistent. At the turn of the century, Nicholas II was struggling to keep power as aristocracy was losing it control over Russia. As serfdom was dying due to the emancipation, the lower class was rising for more representation. And while these two conflicting movements are happening, a world war was on the brink. In V.V. Shulgin’s The Years: Memoirs of a Member of the Russian Duma, 1906-1917, Shulgin gives his readers an in-depth look at Russia before the war, during the war, and after the war....   [tags: Russian History]
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Russia: A study in redefining polity since 1905 - As Russia entered the year of 1905, with Nicholas II still in power, a revolution erupted. The Revolution of 1905 was ignited by acts of repressive government violence that had occurred in response to the insurgency experienced during the Russo-Japanese war. Russia was overrun with fighting, which resulted in a ‘shut down’ of the Russian empire. The Revolution of 1905 brought the Russia empire into a period of pseudo constitutional monarchy, as seen with the issuance of the October Manifesto. The October Manifesto was seen as a forced document in order to provide some peace in the face of calamity....   [tags: Russian History, Russian Politics]
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The Fall of Russia - After the collapse of the Soviet Union there were many different problems facing the new Russian government. Through the use of reforms many of these issues were cured but not overnight. Boris Yeltsin and his Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar implemented several policies while the economy was not moving well. Then Vladimir Putin would carry on reforms while making new ones or changing existing policies. How would these amendments affect the economy after the collapse of the Communist regime. In 1992, Yeltsin launched an economic reform program developed by Acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar....   [tags: Russian History ]
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Serfdom and Autocracy in the Eighteenth Century - Czarist Russia Gennady Shkliarevsky Spring 2010 In the eighteenth century, Muscovy was transformed into a partially westernized and secularized Russian state as a result of the rapid and aggressively implemented reforms of Peter the Great (1694-1725). Yet Peter I’s aspirations to bring Europe into Russia became problematic at the end of his reign, when his efforts eventually culminated in an absolutist autocracy and an entrenchment of serfdom into Russian life. Paradoxically, it was precisely these two institutions that were beginning to be criticized and indeed threatened by developments in Europe towards the outset of the eighteenth century....   [tags: Russian History] 1025 words
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Gender Equality In Russia - Since the beginning of the Soviet Union period, equality between men and women in the country has not yet been granted. One of the central points of the Bolshevik revolution and the Soviet Constitution gave women guaranteed equal rights, thought Russian government still has not kept up with its promises to women along with many other issues. Male citizens in Russia still have the majority of the rights in the country. Failure to resolve this matter, the Russian government has drafted laws that prohibit gender discrimination in the Russia workforce, which never were passed....   [tags: Russian History] 1186 words
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Russian Revolution - Russian Revolution Between 1861 and 1917, Russian society had undergone many changes. It is safe to say that every aspect of that society had been some how modified. These changes led up to the Bolshevik revolution in November of 1917. Given the nature of Russian society, was the Bolshevik revolution unavoidable. Among the changes Russian society had undergone, one starts off the whole chain of events. This was the emancipation of the serfs, in 1861, by Czar Alexander. The emancipation freed 44 million peasants....   [tags: Russian Russia History] 1103 words
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Shostakovich's Contribution to Soviet Propaganda - In the year 1922, after a long and bloody civil war, the Soviet Union was officially formed. After World War II, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR, established itself as one of the world’s superpowers, opposite of the United States of America. The Communist regime reigned over the Soviet Union until 1990, shortly before the Soviet Union collapsed and was formally dissolved in December of 1991. However, during that reign, many rules and regulations were imposed on all aspects of life, including music....   [tags: Russian History ]
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To What Extent was the Helsinki Final Act Detrimental for the Soviet Union? - To what extent was the Helsinki Final Act detrimental for the Soviet Union. The Helsinki Act of 1975 was one of the major accomplishments for the Brezhnev administration. The signing of the act would consolidate a détente era between the USSR, its satellites and the West. However, the consequences of this Act are seen with different interpretations. On one hand, the Helsinki Accords contributed to the parity between the USSR and the United States. On the other hand, the signing is seen as the beginning of the demise of the Soviet Union....   [tags: Russian History ]
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The Rise of Stalin - The Soviet leaders in 1924 were professional revolutionaries and dedicated Westernizers. As such, they were very conscious of the French Revolution and its development; it served as a model for them. The great fear of many communists was that the Russian Revolution would end in "Bonapartism," that is, in a military dictatorship under a charismatic general. In 1922-1924, the role of Napoleon was most clearly filled by Leon Trotsky. Trotsky was a dynamic personality, and his support base was his creation, the Red Army....   [tags: Russian History] 1534 words
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The Glorious Revolutions - Plan of Investigation The investigation is to compare and contrast the nature of two Russian Revolutions in 1917. The first Russian Revolution to be investigated will be the February Revolution wherein the poor living conditions and the dissent among the people of Russia led to the collapse of the Romanov dynasty and the rise of the Provisional Government. The second Russian Revolution to be investigated will be the Bolshevik Revolution which occurred after the failure of the provisional government to improve the living conditions in Russia and led to the Bolsheviks claiming power of Russia in October....   [tags: Russian History ]
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Animal Farm Research - The name Bolshevik means “majority” in Russian. The Bolsheviks were a faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, which split into two factions, the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, after the Second Congress of 1903. The Bolsheviks were led by Lenin when the party split (Trueman “Bolsheviks, The”). The Bolsheviks wanted to overthrow the current government and establish a new government, a government for the people. The Bolsheviks wanted to overthrow the current government because it was weak and did not keep its promises....   [tags: Russian History ]
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How successful was Alexander II’s Edict on Emancipation of the Serfs in modernizing Russia in the years 1861-1881? - Alexander II was the Tsar Liberator who, despite unflattering characterization by his contemporaries, undertook one of the biggest reforms in Russian history: the liberation of the serfs. Yet despite such a necessary and seemingly humanitarian reform, his life was abruptly finished by a successful terrorist attack following no fewer than ten unsuccessful ones. The main challenge Alexander II faced in his projects towards modernization of Russia was a compromise between advancing his state thorough improving the lives of his subjects, without falling prey to the demand for further reforms he would be unable to satisfy....   [tags: Russian history, liberation, Tsar, autocracy]
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A Crumbling Nation - For those who do not know much about the Soviet Union, or those intrigued by the almighty Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the history of the collapse of the Soviet Union is extremely well documented in Stephen Kotkin's Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970-2000. This relatively short book provides great insight into the downfall of the Soviet Union, as well as to how it could potentially have sustained longer than it did by the Soviet elite. A dramatic shift occurred in the Soviet Union between 1970 and 2000; numerous events and modifications occurred to pave the way for a long and slow decay, as opposed to a rapid and fervent eruption of a crumble that many may have expec...   [tags: Russian History]
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Personal Narrative - Russia's Communist Society and its Government - Lenin promised peace to the Russian people, but it was an illusion that never came, for the country where my great-grandfather remained with the majority of my family soon sunk into civil war. Untouched by man, the snow lay still and smooth, cloaked in white purity. Guilt filled my every step as piles of snow crumbled helplessly under my heavy feet. At the door I paused to look upon the path my footsteps had made only to become discouraged at the beauty I had destroyed. Silently, she sat by the drafty window in her dimly lit apartment....   [tags: Russian History] 3569 words
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Fact Sheet on Imperial Russia in 1914 - Landforms • the European side is mostly flat plains • the Ural Mountain and several large rivers (Volga, Ob, Yenisey, Lena) run in a south-north direction • much of the Asian side (west of the Ural) is in the tundra zone • high mountain ranges along the Mongolian border and in the far east of the country Climate • the largest country in the world. • extreme temperate conditions: temperatures below freezing for several months, although it can get very hot in the summer • most of the ports freeze in wintertime, living the country with only limited year-round access to important sea routes Resources • rich soil and grazing land in most places in the European side • coal and iron accessible...   [tags: Russian History] 593 words
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Peter the Great: A True Revolutionary - Peter the Great: A True Revolutionary Words you think of when you think of Russia throughout history: unmodernized, backward, retrogressive, archaic, medieval, dank and slovenly etc. I could go on, but I digress, the picture has been set. Russia hasn’t exactly been the picturesque empire, if that, that so many believe it could have or should have been. Being one of the physically largest country in the world during almost all of its 1500 + year existence(Liversidge 2), Russia is also denoted as being one of histories most notoriously hapless underachiever, with a few moments of illumination followed inevitably by years of “two steps back”....   [tags: Russian History] 1432 words
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Unjustifiable Means of Modernizing Russia - Unjustifiable Means of Modernizing Russia Joseph Stalin was a dictator who single handedly revamped Russia, turning it from a backward country to a superpower at the cost of millions of lives. While his collectivization policy and Five-Year Plan and were effective in increasing the productivity and political power of Soviet Russia, less draconian, less Machiavellian, measures could have been implemented to ensure a similar, if not identical economical result. Stalin viewed the kulaks as an obstacle, an unnecessary, even detrimental, class, toward modernization....   [tags: Russian History, Joseph Stalin] 743 words
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Tsar Peter Alexeyevich, otherwise Known as Peter the Great - Mini Extended Essay Introduction To many scholars and historians, Tsar Peter Alexeyevich, or Peter the Great, is considered one of the most influential European Leaders of the modern world. During his time as emperor of the Russian Empire, he traveled all over Europe, seeking new ideas and innovations that would help to modernize Russia. His travels let him gain a plethora of knowledge about the European culture, and he sought to implement this new knowledge in Russia. Once he returned to Russia, he revolutionized it into a European superpower, implementing many social, economic, and political domestic reforms as well as revolutionizing Russia’s foreign policy; his new innovations even hel...   [tags: Russian and world history]
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Soviet Russia - The Cold War was a period of political tension, which lasted over for forty years. It began in 1947, and ended in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Its origins come from political tension after World War 2. The two main contenders were the USSR and the United States of America, and both powers are to blame for the conflict, how long it lasted and for the events within and afterwards. The Cold War, along with attitudes and doctrines formed within it, continues to shape the world, years after its end....   [tags: Russian History ]
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Fall of Authoritarian Regimes - ... Therefore, college graduates who are not initiated into the party are bound to be frustrated politically.The C.C.P., thus, can no longer count on the loyalty of college graduates. In fact, with concerns even amongst party members that the C.C.P.’s ruling status is not congenital, and a 2009 survey amongst college students stating that 74 percent would want an american system of divided power; the growing number of college students not only threatens the political co-optation system, but could form a dangerous aspect of civil society(Gilley 332)....   [tags: Chinese and Russian history] 1192 words
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Stalin DBQ - Stalin DBQ Around the early 1920’s, Stalin took power and became leader of Russia. As a result Russians either became fond of Stalin’s policies or absolutely despised them. Stalin’s five-year plans lured many into focusing on the thriving economy rather than the fact that the five year plan hurt the military. The experience of many lives lost, forced labor camps, little supply of food, influenced the Russians negative opinion about Stalin. Having different classes in society, many Russians had different points of views....   [tags: Russian History] 1316 words
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Antisemitism in the Ukraine - ... This is also reminiscent of the first days of the Holocaust when Jews were given gold stars to wear, they believed that it would just be a temporary situation. Israel swift refusal to take sides is a little puzzling and it is this refusal that brings to mind a time in the past when the Jewish people did not fight back or lift a finger to try to help themselves at the start of the Holocaust, until it was too late.The story going out in Europe is that there is no Anti-Semitism in the Ukraine it is the Russians who are against the Jewish people....   [tags: Jewish Holocaust, Russian history] 1170 words
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Stalinist Revolution - In the Soviet Union during the 1920s and 1930s a second revolution occurred within the government, economy, and culture. This second revolution is known as the Stalinist Revolution. The Stalinist Revolution brought with it many reforms that continued to change the state from the Tsarist Regime. The new communist government also caused many political changes. Within the Stalinist Revolution there were many political changes. Along with the political changes there was also another revamp of the economic policy of the USSR....   [tags: Russian History] 1763 words
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Russia and Japan War - The people of Russia were very unhappy with the Russian government during 1907. They were especially mad with the Tsar, Nicholas II. How ever, the corrupted government was not the only reason why the Russian civilization rebelled against their own country and government. Other events such as the war between Russia and Japan (Russo- Japanese War), the massacre of poor workers in front of the Winters Palace in St. Petersburg Palace (Bloody Sunday), the mutiny of Russia’s most powerful naval ship the Potemkin which includes the revolution of 1905, and finally the role Russia played in the First World War....   [tags: Russian History, World History, Japanese]
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Tsar Nicholas II - Tsar Nicholas II was the first to abdicate in the line of the Romanov Dynasty. In his reign in Russia from 1894-1917 he encountered many obstacles. Tsar Nicholas II decision to go into the Great War which led to the February revolution in 1917 could be seen as the facilitator [awk] that led to his eventual downfall. This essay will look at the some of the issues that played a role in his abdication. Prior to Tsar Nicholas II becoming the Emperor, Russia had gone through some radical and political changes....   [tags: Romanov Dynasty, Russian History] 1203 words
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The Crimean Crisis - It seems that Russia is doing the same exact thing it did 200 years ago, by provoking unease in Europe. Recently, a revolution took place in Ukraine and a new government was set in place to rule the country. Russia refused to recognize this new Ukrainian Government and seized the Crimea stating that it was only for "precautionary" measures (Mills). With the unrest that is happening in the Crimea, it is our job at Global Citizens to help. Many things could help but, the most effective way to help would be to build a website to help spread awareness....   [tags: Russian history, politics, warfare]
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Taruskin’s Defining Russia Musically - “The secular fine art of music came late to Russia. To all intents and purposes, its history there begins in 1735.” This is basically the first sentence in Taruskin’s book Defining Russia Musically, and leaves it to the reader the reminiscence of the late establishment of what is known as Russia, historically and culturally. Only in 18th century it was proclaimed as an Empire under Peter the Great, and he was the one to impose the Western customs to the Russians (literally speaking, even went as far as banning men to wear beards,and killing his own son for resisting the reforms)....   [tags: Russian music history]
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Communism in World War Two - Joseph Stalin's Control of Russia When most uneducated individuals think of World War II, they imagine Adolf Hitler of Germany, killing off many people in his time of rein. People get this image in their head because prior education has impounded the idea that his racial efforts toward Jewish people was the most indefinite clause that led multiple countries to battle. Similarly, a man by the name of Joseph Stalin "man of steel", had just as much anger and hatred, possibly more than Hitler himself....   [tags: Joseph Stalin Russian History]
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America's Military Option in Ukreain - It has been weeks since the crisis in Ukraine begun. Every nation pledged their support for Ukraine in their own ways to help Ukraine and its people out of this crisis that begun after a massive protest toppled the pro-Russian president out of Kiev. The pledged help is meant to help Ukraine out of the crisis and build a democratic, stable Ukraine in the near future. But throughout the support for help, not every nation has the same idea how to help to overcome the problem that the country is facing....   [tags: Kiev, Pro Russian President, Ukraine History]
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The Russian Revolution at the Kronstadt Navel Base - The Russian Revolution at the Kronstadt Navel Base Most popular uprisings in recent history have been characterized by a brief period of incredible potential and hope, only to collapse in failure and despair. Even the supposedly 'successful' Russian Revolution of 1917 followed this pattern. Revolutionaries threw off centuries of imperial rule and oppression in order to create a new world of freedom, peace and equality... only to end up with Stalin, purges, gulags, dekulakization - and ultimately decades of Bolshevik1 rule and oppression....   [tags: European Europe History]
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