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Russian Revolution of 1917
Transcript of Russian Revolution of 1917
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was actually composed of 2 revolutions, the February Revolution and the October Revolution. These revolutions were caused by people wanting Czar Nicholas II overthrown because they didn't agree with the current government.
How did the Russian Revolution of 1917 affect working rights in Canada today?
The Russian Revolution in 1917 demonstrated how treating working people like they have no rights can backfire on an entire country. It is full of examples that should help political leaders learn about how important workers rights are. It also demonstrates that when a group of people get together and believe in a cause, they can accomplish their solution to the particular problem. The Russian Revolution in 1917 affected Canadian workers rights today because it instigated political knowledge that workers rights are important and gave them more fair rights today.
Russian Revolution of 1917
The February Revolution took place in Petrograd which is where modern day St. Petersburg is. On February 23, 1917, about 90, 000 women left their factories and went to protest on the streets shouting things like "Bread," Down with the autocracy!" and "Stop the War!" because they were unhappy with their working conditions. The next day 150, 000 people marched the streets in protest, and by the 25th no one was working so the city basically shut down. On March 2, 1917, protestors got their wishes as Czar Nicholas II abdicated and former Duma members formed a Provisional Government to lead the country. They abolished the death penalty, granted amnesty for all political prisoners and exiles, ended religious and ethnic discrimination, and granted civil liberties, all within the first few weeks. It was what they did not do that Vladimir Lenin did not agree with. They did not deal with the war, land problems, or better quality of life for people in Russia.
The October Revolution began on October 25, 1917, in the city of Petrograd and was instigated by Vladimir Lenin. On this day troops loyal to the Bolsheviks took control of the telegraph, power station, strategic bridges, post office, train station, state bank, and other posts within the city. By the late morning all of Petrograd was captured by Bolsheviks, except for Winter Palace, which was where the Provisional Government was. The next day, Winter Palace was infiltrated and, with almost no blood shed, the Bolsheviks took over. They ended the war, made peace with Germany, abolished private land ownership, and gave factory workers more rights.