Lecture 19 - The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution

author: John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: April 16, 2010,   recorded: November 2008,   views: 3995
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The period between the Russian Revolution of February 1917, which resulted in the overthrow of the autocracy and the establishment of a provisional government, and the Bolshevik Revolution in October of that same year, offers an instructive example of revolutionary processes at work. During this interval, the fate of Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, was bound up in the struggle for power amongst competing political factions in Russia. Until his death, Nicholas was convinced that the Russian people would rescue him from his captors. Such a belief would prove to be delusional, and the efforts on the part of liberals, socialists, and some Bolsheviks to arrange for a trial would fail to save the czar from the verdict of history.

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Merriman, John. A History of Modern Europe: From the Renaissance to the Present, pp. 1017-1055

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