In 1917 there were two very important revolutions in Russian History. The first one was in February and the second was in October. The February revolution started with bread riots by women then transformed into a full scale revolution that spread across the country. This led to the overthrow of the current autocracy, which was replaced by the Provisional Government. However, the Provisional Government was extremely unsuccessful, and ineffective. However, in my opinion the October revolution and the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly had a much greater impact immediately as well as long term.
(This picture shows a march supporting the Bolshevik Revolution)
In October the Bolsheviks had finally gained enough power and support to march on the officer of the Provisional Government as well as the 2nd Congress of the Soviets. After this they had almost full control of the Government. After the takeover, Lenin still allowed the Constituent Assembly to be voted on. However, once the voting was done He realized that the various SR factions had received nearly half of the 42 million votes while, the Bolsheviks had only received around 10 million. The Constituent Assembly only met for one day, before Lenin removed it. This was another major event. It solidified the complete control of the Government by the Bolsheviks.
The Bolsheviks taking power, and Lenin’s removal of the last form of democratic government are two major events in Russia’s history. They solidified Russia’s political and economic policies for most of the 1900’s. With the bolsheviks came socialism and communism. This would dictate economic polices, as well as internal and international policies. Without the October revolution we may even have not had the cold war. Russia could have become somewhat democratic and have had a completely different history.
Russia A History by Gregory Freeze
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I wrote my blog on Nicholas II, in which his abdication led to the February Revolution. I enjoyed reading this because it taught me about the October Revolution, something that I did not do much research upon. I thought the post was very easy to understand and overall, a very summary of what happened!
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I agree, this post is very clear and cogent. I think the argument Bryan makes is also important –that the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly marks the end of a major chapter in revolutionary change and would have far-reaching consequences.
The simplicity in this post makes the event you’re describing clear and easy to understand. You also were able to clearly state the importance of this event along with the impact they had on the future events. Great work!
Learning about the election after the October Revolution surprised me. I had always figured the Bolsheviks seized power because they were the most popular. In reality, they were one of the less popular parties, but they were more forceful. You also drew some good points from Lenin’s decree to dissolve the Constituent Assembly. Specifically, you hit on the end of democracy in Russia, at least for a long while, and the solidification of Soviet power in government. Good job Bryan.
Nice post! I like your focus on the Constituent Assembly. I think a lot of people tend to focus on the violence that brought the Bolsheviks to power, but Lenin’s moves after the revolution really solidified his power.