The Russian Revolution, W101 -CLOSED

Russian Rev Poster


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3

This course traces the Russian Revolution with a journey that begins with an explanation of Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto, and culminates with Stalin’s rise to power. The collapse of the Romanovs is showcased followed by the rise of the Bolsheviks. Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin and others are profiled. Central to this four-week sojourn into history are the irrevocable changes which swept across Europe following the French Revolution; focusing of course, on the collapse of Czarist Russia and the advent of Bolshevik Russia, hence, the Soviet Union.


Syllabus:  The Russian Revolution, Mark  Albertson


Week 1: The Manifesto

In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels produced a work that would eventually have an explosive political impact, The Communist Manifesto. This session will analyze this book, the doctrine and the practitioners who bring Marx’s and Engels’ Manifesto to life, Lenin, Trotsky, Gorky . . .

 Week 2: Revolution in Russia: January 1905-December 1917.

The 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War; Father Capon and the Winter Palace, January 1905; Czar rebounds; Lenin, The Bolsheviks; Trotsky, World War I; 1916 Summer offensive on Eastern Front and disaster; Revolution, February 1917; Provisional Government; disastrous 1917 summer offensive; the Bolsheviks seize power, November 1917.

 Week 3: Civil War in Russia, December 1917-December 1922.

Felix Dzerzhinsky and the Cheka; the Red Army; White Russians; Russo-Polish War, 1919-1921; foreign intervention; War Communism; Treaty of Rapallo, April 1922.

Week 4: Consolidation of Power/Rise of Stalin

NEP; the Party; Peasantry; Proletariat; surreptitious Russo-German cooperation; Lenin dies, 1924; tug-of-war for power, Leon Trotsky; rise of Stalin.

Facilitator: Mark Albertson

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine; and is the author of several books, including On History: A Treatise.