1) Read Checkov's "A Work of Art" be able to discuss its content and OPVL (be sure to look up its publication date as reference to the time period) as a historical source for the time period of Tsar Alexander II.

2) Read Tolstoy's "How Much Land Does a Man Need" and compare to the above. Also be able to discuss OPVL and use of Literature in general as historical sources for their time periods.

3) A map of the history and growth and background history of Russia to give you a little introduction into the complexity and immensity of the topic:



4) You tube footage from the silent movie "Battleship Potemkin" which portrays the mutuny and the events of Bloody Sunday. Consider and reflect upon the events, actions, attitudes of the people, and symbolism present in the clip:



5) Clearly defined summary of the Agricultural Policies of Stolypin. Use the guiding questions at the end to gain insight and opinion into his successes and failures in rebuilding Russia during the era.
Stolypins Agrarian Reforms Their Aims and Impact




After you have answered the questions, use the documents available in your texts to support or refute the assumptions made in the above outline. Form your own opinion about Stolypin.


6) Brief footage of the death of Stolypin. What would you consider to be his legacy?

Now that you've formed your opinion of Stolypin, consider the opinions brought forth in this diddy of a "Counterfactual History." Do you agree or disagree with the main thesis and the impact his death had upon the future of Russia and the World? Why or why not?

7) Historiography from Orlando Figes
Do you agree with Figes' assesment of the impact of WWI upon the Russian Revoluion. Consider his statement here and then use SPECIFIC evidence from your coursework to support you opinion.

8) The History Channel's Documentary. Its time to clarify all of the specific details and events into a nice running timeline. What we dont finish in class (there are 6 parts) you will need to watch for homework. This is essentially the outline for the rest of our unit:


9) background, buildup and sources related to the Kerenksy Era, Kornilov Coup and Oct/Nov revolutions are here at schoolnet. Read deeper into the Kornilov event, the propaganda surrounding it, and arguments/uses from from the point of view of the communitsts here. Consider what the discussion says about points of view and paranoia on both sides of the coin.

10) Historiography from Richard Pipes...
We have looked at the causes of the 1905 uprising and the beginnings of the Russian Revolution. As you have seen, one of the principle causes of the uprising was general peasant unrest. Now, lets look at another point of view. After reading the following excerpt, post a personal reaction to it on your own blog.

What do you think (agree or disagree and WHY) about the peasant's role in the Revolution's beginnings as seen by the excerpt?

“ I am Highly skeptical of the whole socialist-Marxist approach to history, particularly revolutionary history, because I find that when the so-called masses are discontented, they are inspired by specific grievances that are capable of being satisfied within the existing system. Only intellectuals have universal grievances: only they believe that nothing can change unless everything changes. This is not true of the people at large, weather peasants or workers. In the spring of 1905, the Russian monarchy invited the population to submit complaints to the government. Hundreds of cahiers were sent in. According to recent analyses, none called for a fundamental change in the regime, that is, abolition of the monarchy. The peasants demanded lower taxes and more land; the workers wanted an eight-hour workday and the right to unionize; the minorities clamored for greater autonomy. All these demands could well have been accommodated within the existing regime had the rulers found the courage to do so, and the intelligista the good sense to assist it.”-

Excerpt from Three “Whys” of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes. Pg 15. Vintage Books. New York, NY. 1995.

*Now that you gathered some 'pre-opinions', you'll be asked to read the entire chapter and outline the main points/arguments for homework!

11) An immense Archive of Communism/Socialism including all published works. A few specific links to works we will study are also provided below:
Home Page The Communist Manifesto Works By V.I. Lenin John Reed Trotsky Talks Revolution: Skim through and decide...does this disprove Pipes from last nights reading? What do you think about the nature of the Russian Revolution? You can take specific bullet point notes as to how this information can be used in the argument.

Using the works of Pipes and Figes VERSUS Trotsky, Reed and the others, make a chart detailing the main arguments as to wether or not the Russian Revolution was a popular movement or a Coup.


12) Final Lesson on this topic...watch (listen) to Mark Steels comical Marxist assessment of the Revolution in order to round out your opinion of wether or not the Russian Revolution was a Coup or a popular movement. It is in 4 parts so get settled in and take notes! What we do not finish is for you to complete for homework.
*Be ready to write an essay on this topic!!!



13) The final days of the final Tsar. A sad ending. When viewing, try to reflect on our discussion of the decisions and beliefs of the Tsar. Was a different outcome possible? Could the Tsar have chosen a non-autocratic system?



14) Summary and background and steps of War Communism are found here

15) What was the role of Trotsky in the Russian Revolution, and successful consolidation of power during the civil War era? What is his legacy as a leader of modern Russia? - you should take notes on the positives, negatives and causality of the above topics.
Any parts of the video that are not finished in class are due to be watched for homework!



16) Using your notes from the above video, you should read through Chapter 7 in your "Russia" text (Oxley) and take similar notes in relation to the role and legacy of Lenin. Be able to assess the roles, effectiveness and shortcomings of each leader in relation to causal factors (i.e. who had a bigger role militarily, economically, politically...etc on the establishment of modern Communist Russia?)

17) The Polish struggle for independence, a sub-text to the birth of a new Russia amidst the Civil War. Consider all of the factors at play that we have discussed such as funding, economy, foreign influence and the treaty of Brest-Litovsk when viewing this video on the newly formed Polish Republic. Also, consider the Practices of war that are displayed. How it was fought, with what weapons, by whom, and to what effects!