IB Questions: 1917 Russian Revolutions

Russian Revolution

“Glory to the great October!”

  • Assess the successes and failures of Nicholas II between 1894 and 1917.
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Russia in the second half of the nineteenth century.
  • Was the tsar overthrown by a revolution of the masses from below or by a conspiracy of the elite?
  • Did the masses rise spontaneously or were they galvanized into action by the Bolsheviks or other revolutionary groups?
  • Analyze the reasons for the success of the Bolsheviks in the second (October/November) 1917 Russian Revolution.
  • Compare and contrast the causes and consequences of the 1905 and February/March 1917 Russian Revolutions.
  • To what extent was the Revolution of February/March 1917, in Russia, due to the nature of Tsarism and the policies of Nicholas II (1894-1917)?

  • Compare and contrast the nature and results of the two 1917 Russian Revolutions.
  • Analyse the causes and results until the end of 1917, of the first 1917 revolution in Russia.
  • “Much of Lenin’s success was no doubt explained by his towering domination over his [Bolshevik] party.” To what extent does this explanation account for his rise to power and rule, 1917 to 1924?
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