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Decline and Fall of the Romanov Dynasty: Bloody Sunday
Accessible to students, tourists and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of Russian history since the ninth century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history resulting from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the Soviet era, providing new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book traces not only the political history of Russia, but also developments in its literature, art and science. Bushkovitch describes well-known cultural figures, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy and Mendeleev, in their institutional and historical contexts. Though the 1917 revolution, the resulting Soviet system and the Cold War were a crucial part of Russian and world history, Bushkovitch presents earlier developments as more than just a prelude to Bolshevik power.
Years of Russia, the USSR and the Collapse of Soviet Communism by David Evans; Jane Jenkins
Publication Date: 2008-04-25
The Years of ... series provides core coverage of events in British and European History. It features: - strong and accessible narrative written by experienced teachers - a comprehensive selection of visual and written source material - extensive student guidance sections which develop student understanding of exam techniques - discussion points within the text - 'stepped' exercises which promote understanding of the topics and issues. Years of Russia, the USSR and the Collapse of Soviet Communism This title is a new edition of 'Years of Russia and the USSR', which charts Russian history from the reign of Alexander II through to the eventual fall of communism and the break up of the Soviet Union. It examines the political, social and economic impact of Nicholas II's reign, the First World War and the subsequent revolution. It then goes on to look at Bolshevik and Stalinist Russia before going on to discuss Khrushchev's policy of de-Stalinisation and the years of stagnation and reform. This new edition has been updated to ensure full support of the revised History A Level specifications and expanded to include complete coverage of the collapse of Soviet Communism. It also includes a new section on advice on answering synoptic questions.
Following the emancipation of the serf social class in 1861 there was massive urbanization into the industrial cities of Russia. Populations swelled and the living conditions were crowded, diseased and dirty. This new proletarian social class complained of long working conditions and low pay. To make things worse, Russia was busy losing the Russo-Japanese War against Japan, having just surrendered Port Arthur.
In January 1905 Father Gapon to lead a protest march to the Tsar's Winter Palace. He attempted to deliver a letter to the king respectfully requesting his help. Gapon and his 3000 followers were met by Cossacks who massacred the crowd.
As a consequence of the massacre 300,000 proletariat went on strike by the end of January. Farmer serfs rioted, killing their aristocratic landlords and burning property. The Tsar's uncle was assassinated. Sergei Witte worked with the Tsar to create a series of laws called "The October Manifesto" , which granted basic human rights and created a democratically elected Duma to represent the people.
Bloody Sunday, Russian Krovavoye Voskresenye , (January 9 [January 22, New Style], 1905), massacre in St. Petersburg, Russia, of peaceful demonstrators marking the beginning of the violent phase of the Russian Revolution.
Well on its way to losing a war against Japan in the Far East, czarist Russia is wracked with internal discontent that finally explodes into violence in St. Petersburg in what will become known as the Bloody Sunday Massacre.