A Short History of the Russian Revolution

A Short History of the Russian Revolution

A Short History of the Russian Revolution

A Short History of the Russian Revolution

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In February 1917, tsarist Russia, sprawling over half of Europe and a third of Asia, under rigid, centralized police controls, and with no serious political authority except that of the tsar, was commonly thought of as one of the most powerful, rugged, and impregnable states in existence. Yet in three days the dynasty of the Romanovs, which had ruled Russia for three centuries, had disappeared, and some eight months later, the Bolshevik party, previously almost unknown, was in power and had begun to transform society radically. By the 1960's it had completely changed the face of half the world and influenced a considerable portion of the rest.

Whatever one may think of the methods or aims of the Russian Revolution, it certainly merits attention. How was it possible for this vast country, overwhelmingly peasant in population, backward in all its social institutions, generally illiterate and impoverished, and run by a small, close-knit, landholding aristocracy and a royal house, to be so thoroughly transformed in so short a time?

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