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Lesson One - Russia before 1917 Outcomes (SWBAT) Describe the nature of Russian society and connect that to the rise of revolutionaries Identify the key principles of Marxism Describe the events of “Bloody Sunday” in 1905 Analyze Russia’s economic difficulties and evaluate their contribution to political unrest Describe Rasputin’s role in government and how he contributed to the demise of tsarism in Russia Identify the Duma and Provisional Government and describe their limited power in Russia’s “new” governmental organization Activities 1. Quick responder quiz on Versailles. 2. Using map on page 33 of map text, go over concept of Mandates. 3. Hand out Russ Rev. unit outline. Emphasize that the readings are both necessary and required for students to be able to contribute to class discussion in this unit 4. “You Can’t Eat Democracy”… review political spectrum ideologies from last year. 5. Hand out Marxism. Students highlight important information on the sheet. 6. Timeline on the white board. Divided into Political/Economic/Social, construct a visual as a class that outlines the events leading to “Bloody Sunday” in 1905. 7. Biography – “The Royal Family & Rasputin”. Images of the Romanovs and the “Mad Monk”, compared to the truth about who he was and his relationship with the royal court. 8. DVD segment on “Russia, Land of Tsar” – 15 minute chapter on Rasputin. 9. Quick responder questions on today’s lesson. Materials 1. Mandates map and ink file 2. Versailles quiz questions 3. Unit outline 4. Marxism handout and ink file 5. Timeline structure and notes 6. PPT images of Rasputin 7. DVD “Russia, Land of the Tsars” – from Pen-Hi library 8. Russia responder questions Lead up to 1905 Revolution In the late 1800s, Russia lagged far behind the rest of Europe industrially. WHY? - huge peasantry - autocratic indifference - disinterested gentry Beginning in the 1890’s, industry grew at a phenomenal rate. Foreign investment funneled into Russia, but the main problem was the existence of a massive, uneducated peasant class. Peasants made up 75% of the population. Causes of the 1905 Revolution: - rise of the labour movement (many strikes took place) - intellectuals were critical of the Tsarist Regime (Nicholas II) - peasant unrest - demands for an elected assembly - terrorism (People’s Will) - communists gain power (Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, & Mensheviks) - Russian loss to Japan in the Russo-Japanese War of 1905 Outcome of the 1905 Revolution - Tsar promised more liberties and an elected assembly (Duma), but in time dismissed most promises - Tsar arrested more terrorists, more terrorism occurred, arrested more, etc… Causes of the Russian Revolution (1917) a. losses in WWI – weak, poorly equipped army b. high food prices/shortages c. corrupt government d. radical revolutionaries (Bolsheviks) e. need for land by peasants
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