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RUSS 280 notes (3/24/16)

by: Julia Lensch

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Intro to Russian Civilization
Prof. Kalb
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Date Created: 03/27/16
Lensch 1 WWI and Revolution; Alexander Blok: "The Twelve;" Sergei Einstein, "October and Battleship Potemkin"  Lead up to the 1905 Revolution o 1905 Strike o 1905 Russian peasant uprising o 1905 assassinations of Russian Grand Duke Sergei  Russia --> WWI in 1914 o Russia was not prepared o Homefront --> famine, desertion, lack of fuel o Nicholas I --> believes he is divinely anointed as Czar of Russia o Nicholas and Alexandra devoted to each other (love letters) o Nicholas leaves to go inspire troops and leaves power with Alexandra and monk (Rasputin)  The Provisional Government o February revolution of 1917 o Czar Nicholas II abdicates power  Trying to get asylum in England o Provisional government lasts from March 1917 until Bolshevik Revolution o Alexander Kerensky leads the provisional government and takes power o Provisional government did not end Russia's unpopular participation, in WWI, but led to great resistance  Rival of the Provisional Government => the Soviets o SOVIETS => the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies o Soviets (councils) --> form all over Russia o During WWI St. Petersburg --> Petrograd (less German, more Slavic) o Army in Petrograd devoted to Bolsheviks --> promised an end to Russia's involvement in WWI  The Bolshevik Coup Lensch 2 o November 7, 1917: "October Revolution" (Julian, old-style calendar) Bolshevik's stage a coup o Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky o Get Russia out of WWI o Peasants should own land o Workers should own factories  Declaration of Bolshevik Power, October 25, 1917 o Getting out of WWI o Peasants get land o Workers get factories o Government that mirrors councils spread across Russia  Bolshevik Actions o 1918 --> Bolsheviks end Russian involvement in WWI o Confiscate Russian church property --> Atheist o Take control of factories and land o Get rid of titles --> everyone called "comrade" o Confiscate property of nobility and persecute them o Cheka (secret police) established December 1917 o Change calendar and alphabet  End of Romanov Dynasty o Nicholas II abdicated the throne after February Revolution  Him and his family sent to Urals o Conditions worsened after Bolshevik takeover fall in 1917 o March 1918 family executed  Resistance to Bolsheviks o 1918 --> Civil War o The reds (Bolsheviks) and whites (anti-Bolsheviks) o 1920 --> whites defeated o Bolsheviks left in control of Russia --> established Soviet Union in 1922 Lensch 3  Cultural Front o State recognizes power of artist to shape public opinion o Gorky helps save people --> create a dormitory for writers and provide food  Help composers, artists, and scholars  Save so many people o Soviets expect payback (something in return) o Poet Nikolai Gumilev was shot in 1921 ("counter-revolutionary spy")  Warning to intelligentsia  Alexander Blok and the Revolution o Ongoing concern from 1907 on about the relationship between the people and the intelligentsia o Blok becomes more interested in turbulence, between people and intelligentsia (poetry itself changes) o Blok accepts Bolshevik takeover (believes that they deserve it)  Welcomes the destruction  He is scorned by the people he grew up with  Violence is justifiable in the light of Russian history; indeed, it is necessary


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