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Rollover Week 2 Lesson 3: Topic: Internal crisis: Bloody Sunday (1 of 2)

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Liam Brooks

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Transcript of Rollover Week 2 Lesson 3: Topic: Internal crisis: Bloody Sunday (1 of 2)

LI: To understand the
of Bloody Sunday.

SC: Students will be able to explain key features of the
broader historical context of Bloody Sunday
, including demands for
political representation and better working conditions
. Students will also be able to describe the events of Bloody Sunday.
Recap: Russia before 1905

Political: Autocracy (divine right)
Social: Rigid class structure (immense social inequality)
Economic: Backward economy (primarily agricultural; industrialisation in its infancy)
Military: Lagged behind European and Asian rivals, but still desired conquest in the Far East)

Activity 1: Video

To understand the historical background to Bloody Sunday and the 1905 Revolution.

1. Working in small table groups (no more than 4).

2. Watch the video (taking notes is advised)

3. As a group, you will discuss and answer the questions
(15 minutes)

4. Class discussion to follow

*** Watch from 20:30 to 29:25)
Activity 2: Short video and Kahoot Jumble

1. Watch the video.

2. Compete in the Kahoot Jumble.

Historical interpretations of Bloody Sunday

“The revulsion following the slaughter soon engulfed the whole nation and there were wide-spread manifestations of popular grief, indignation and anger against the guilty tsar. Not just the industrial workers but the middle classes, intellectuals, professional organisations and the whole of Russian society were roused to fury. The tsar, typically, did nothing until the February assassination of his uncle finally impelled him to issue a decree authorising the election of a consultative assembly. The announcement was sadly inadequate to respond to the popular mood and only served to spur both liberals and revolutionaries…”
Alan Wood, historian

Week 2 Lesson 1

Bloody Sunday


Symbolic of the violence of the Russo-Japanese War, Bloody Sunday, and the 1905 Revolution.

Symbolic of the impact of industrialisation on the events of 1905.
Working and living conditions very poor in overcrowded cities as a result of the rapid industrialisation of Finance Minister Sergei Witte (1893-1903)
Mounted cossack and line of troops

Symbolic of one of the key 'pillars' of Tsarism: the loyalty of the armed forces, in particular the Cossacks.
Representative of Tsar Nicholas II's willingness to use force to preserve his power.
Infers resistance to change: Lethal opposition to political reform (no matter how peaceful or respectful the form of protest)

Wounded but defiant workers

Symbolic of the physical and psychological 'cost' of protest in a repressive political environment.
Representative of the (short to medium-term) weakening of protest movements due to repression during 1905 and its aftermath (Prime Minister Stolypin's 'reforms and repression')
Suggests the importance of Bloody Sunday as a watershed moment of 'no turning back' for reformers and radicals. 1905 boosted demands for tsarism to be , at best, reformed, or at worst, abolished.
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