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The Russian revolution
by Allan, Tony
Call Number: NFS 947.084 ALL
Publication Date: 2002
Analysing the Russian Revolution
by Richard Malone
Publication Date: 2004-09-22
This text tells the story of the Russian Revolution, including the sequence of events, main characters, key ideas and concepts. This is done by providing narrative on the revolution, documentary evidence, analysis of historians' arguments and activities. This is significant as no other book on the market includes all of these elements. The structure of the book will allow for analysis around the political, social and economic changes and continuities. It will include a range of sources: contemporary accounts, historians' accounts, and visual representations. It will be an active text with a range of questions for students to complete. There will also be activities that recognise students learn in different ways. The text is up to date and includes the historiography of the revolution since the end of the Communist period. The language level is accessible for the vast majority of VCE students.
Peace, Land, Bread!
by John J. Vail
Publication Date: 1995-06-01
Drawing on the latest scholarship, each volume in the World History Library set explores important eras and events, explaining not only what happened but why. Coverage begins by presenting the political, economic, and social background of the country or region at the start of the period. The engaging, clearly written narrative then goes on to describe critical events and themes. This volume examines the turbulent and destructive period between the revolt against the autocracy of the tsar and the rise to power of Joseph Stalin. It details why peaceful reform in the country became impossible and revolution inevitable.
Duma, Russian in full Gosudarstvennaya Duma (“State Assembly”), elected legislative body that, along with the State Council, constituted the imperial Russian legislature from 1906 until its dissolution at the time of the March 1917 Revolution.
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Government corruption was rampant, the Russian economy remained backward and Czar Nicholas II had repeatedly dissolved the Dumas, the Russian parliamentary groups established to placate the masses after the Revolution of 1905, each time they opposed his will.
Both the appearance of the parliament, known as the Duma, and its operation until the Revolution of 1917, cannot be considered as natural occurrences, but only within the context of the upheaval that the Russian Empire faced in its last years.