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Mr. Davis
Patterns of Interaction
Russian Revolution Questions
1. Why was Rasputin so despised by so many groups in Russia? Why did the Tsarina
support him?
2. What actions were taken by the new provisional government to reform the old tsarist
government? Identify the different political groups that disagreed on those actions?
3. What were the political and theoretical differences between the Mensheviks and the
4. What was the appeal of the Bolshevik ideology to the Russian peasants and urban
5. Why did Kerensky's government fail?
6. What was Lenin's view of the state? Who would be the ruling class? What did he mean
by "the dictatorship of the proletariat?"
7. According to Lenin, when would real communism be established? What was the
difference between socialism and communism?
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Mr. Davis
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8. What was Lenin's program? Why did it have more appeal? How were they similar to
those established by the Jacobins in France in 1793? Where were the differences?
9. Why did Lenin accept the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk? What were its provisions? Why was
Lenin not that concerned with Russia's major territorial losses?
10. Which groups resisted the new Communist regime in the civil war that broke out at the
end of 1918? What role did the Allied governments play in this conflict? What factors
helped the Bolsheviks triumph?
11. What were the net results of the "Terror" and civil war for Russia?
12. How did the Communist Party govern the Soviet Union in the early 1920s?
13. What were the major components of Lenin's N. E. P.? How was it a major turning point in
the development of Communist Russia?
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20th Century Topics