Main Causes of the Russian Revolution

Main Causes of the Russian Revolution
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This storyboard lists out important causes of why Russians wanted to revolt.

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  • Czarist Rule (Nicholas II)
  • Isn't this lifestyle comfortable for all of you?
  • Bloody Sunday (Jan. 1905)
  • Give us our rights, please!
  • World War I
  • Come on, men! These guys are easy!
  • In 1894, Nicholas II becomes Czar and maintains an autocracy rule based on the previous Czar, Alexander III. Most people that lived under the Czar's rule did not support the Czar. The Russians want reform but the Czar attempts to keep it from happening.
  • The March Revolution
  • We want bread! We want land!
  • 200,000 workers and families march to the Czar's Winter Palace to peacefully ask for more freedoms and rights. However, the Czar's Cossacks attack them, and they suffer many casualties. This attack supported the Russians' will to revolt.
  • Russian Civil War
  • Onward, we go to victory!
  • Your ways will never work!
  • In 1914, Russia joins World War I... Well, it's more like Russia was dragged into the war. Soldiers did not receive enough materials as needed. Overall, they suffered millions of casualties (4 million in the first year).
  • Stalin's Rule
  • I'll make sure the Czars will never interfere again!
  • I will give you all land and food!
  • By March 1917, the Romanov dynasty is opposed as 200,000 women textile workers march against them. During this time, Czar Nicholas II abdicates his throne, and a provisional government is formed. Soviets form, conditions worsen, and peasants desire land.
  • Many events occur previously that lead up to this. Lenin begins a Bolshevik Revolution where he overthrows the provisional government and Lenin starts to gain power. People oppose him, and with a divided group (the White Army), they fight against Lenin and his Red Army. The Red Army gains victory, but 14 million Russians die as a result.
  • Lenin contains his power, until his death in 1924. Two people (Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin) struggle for power, and Stalin gains the popular vote. His dictatorship begins and Russians live under a totalitarian government until he dies in 1953.
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