The russian revolution - documentary

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    The Russian Revolution brought about the end of the reign of the Tzars and saw the rise of communism. This compilation of rarely seen color and colorized footage brings the reality of the civil war vividly to life. Noted historians offer their insights on these events that occurred nearly a century ago, events that paved the way for the formation of the Soviet Union and still resonate


    The Russian Revolution is the collective term for a series of revolutions in Russia in 1917, which destroyed the Tsarist autocracy and led to the creation of the Soviet Union. The Tsar was deposed and replaced by a provisional government in the first revolution of February 1917 (March in the Gregorian calendar; the older Julian calendar was in use in Russia at the time). In the second revolution, during October, the Provisional Government was removed and replaced with a Bolshevik (Communist) government.

    The February Revolution (March 1917) was a revolution focused around Petrograd (now St. Petersburg). In the chaos, members of the Imperial parliament or Duma assumed control of the country, forming the Russian Provisional Government. The army leadership felt they did not have the means to suppress the revolution and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the last Tsar of Russia, abdicated. The Soviets (workers' councils), which were led by more radical socialist factions, initially permitted the Provisional Government to rule, but insisted on a prerogative to influence the government and control various militias. The February Revolution took place in the context of heavy military setbacks during the First World War, which left much of the army in a state of mutiny.

    A period of dual power ensued, during which the Provisional Government held state power while the national network of Soviets, led by socialists, had the allegiance of the lower-class citizens and the political left. During this chaotic period there were frequent mutinies and many strikes. When the Provisional Government chose to continue fighting the war with Germany, the Bolsheviks and other socialist factions campaigned for the abandonment of the war effort. The Bolsheviks formed workers militias under their control into the Red Guards (later the Red Army) over which they exerted substantial control.

    In the October Revolution (November in the Gregorian calendar), the Bolshevik party, led by Vladimir Lenin, and the workers' Soviets, overthrew the Provisional Government in St Petersburg. The Bolsheviks appointed themselves as leaders of various government ministries and seized control of the countryside, establishing the Cheka to quash dissent. To end the war, the Bolshevik leadership signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Germany in March 1918.

    Civil war erupted between the "Red" (Bolshevik), and "White" (anti-Bolshevik) factions, which was to continue for several years, with the Bolsheviks ultimately victorious. In this way the Revolution paved the way for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). While many notable historical events occurred in Moscow and St Petersburg, there was also a broad-based movement in cities throughout the state, among national minorities throughout the empire, and in the rural areas, where peasants took over and redistributed land.
     
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    I stayed up all night once reading the biography of Lenin. His life was fascinating.
     
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    If only USSR had adopted the reforms China made in economic sector; its industry would be booming today rather than this tragic demise. Though I despise communism, as an Indian I miss the Big Bear. More so, my father who studied his main courses there; for him it is nothing short of a personal loss. :D
     
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    Got to say that the reason why Russia is suffering from population crisis today, can be seen in so many deaths that is seen in these videos. Further evidence that Communism is another form of Talibanizing evil and it should be exterminated from democratic societies. Communism should be banned in the same effect as Reds ban everything else.
     
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    Are you serious?
     
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    The deaths what's mentioned in these documentaries is only a tip of the iceberg. You know it, I know it and we've seen this in most Communist countries. More than 20 million people getting killed that many new families ceased to form in turn losing out an entire generation. Add to that the current minimal propensity of Russians to marry (for some unknown reason).

    Wars, political revolutions, mass killings, controlled population rules... how else do you think populations reduce? Any ideas?
     
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    If you look at the facts (which no one seems to do nowadays), you will see that the current population crisis is a fairly recent phenomenon. Population decline began in the late 80s and early 90s due to collapsing living standards, leading to greatly reduced birth rate and increased death rate. Before that, the USSR had a steady, natural population growth of close to 1% (roughly 2 million/year) throughout its existence.

    The population of the USSR doubled from 148 million in 1926 to 293 million in 1991, despite all the losses from war and famine in the early decades.
     

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