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Background: The 1905 Revolution and the Era of the Dumas (1906–14) 3
1. The Revolutions of February and October 1917 4
2. Lenin’s Russia 1917–1924 13
3. Stalin’s Rise to Power and Dictatorship 1924–1941 21
4. The Economy 1924–1941
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REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA: 1917 – 1941
This table provides a brief introduction to the events of the Russian Revolution focusing on the period 1917–1941.
It focuses on eight key themes of the period:
• The Party
• Government and the state
• The economy
• The peasants and proletariat
• The nationalities
• Society and culture
• Foreign Policy
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The Communist Party
Communist Party Building
(the Bolsheviks’ proper name after March 1918)
At the time of the October Revolution it numbered between 250- and 300,000.
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The Russian Revolution: Alpha History
The Russian Revolution
General overview containing links to topics
2 What is to be Done?
3 The factional split
4 Early Bolshevik tactics
5 The difficult years
6 The final split
Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) was the founder and ideological mentor of the Bolshevik movement, the leader of the October Revolution and the first ruler of Soviet Russia.
Marxism also became a blueprint for political radicalism, inspiring the October Revolution in Russia and other revolutions around the world.
The old regime
Opposition to tsarism
Unrest, promise and betrayal
War and decay
The Dual Power
The new society
A nation divided
Trouble within the Party
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17 Moments in Soviet History
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Orlando Figes: The October Revolution 1917
The October Revolution
Organised into sections defined by dates explore this site by a professor of history with over 30 years of experience teaching at university.
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