Question by Acolyte of Azura: Is Russian Revolution the same thing as Russian Civil War/Bolshevik Uprising?
I keep seeing these terms and I just need to make sure they all refer to the same thing. I’ve also seen October and February Revolution, but I’m assuming these are specific events within the Russian Revolution.
The reason I’m asking is for a PowerPoint presentation for a 20th century History class, and I have to do mine on Moscow during the Revolution, so if anyone can find some decent articles or pages about that, it’d be really helpful!
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Answer by Comicbook Reader
They are all the same event, not different events. It was a revolution – it overthrew the existing power structure. It was a civil war – it involved a war within Russia. It was a Bolshevik Uprising because those were the ones who were the main organised group that seized control. It was the October uprising, because that is the time it started, its also the November uprising, for the same reason. However I’ve never heard of the February Revolution.
The month issue stems from different calendars. Same event, same time, different calendars. However, it’s the October or November Revolution, not the February one. Be careful there. The Tsarist regime used the Julian calendar and the Soviets converted the country over to the Gregorian calendar (which the rest of the western world used), thus causing the dating confusion. The link below has a section on the calender. It might be interesting to include in your presentation.
Answer by Gerald Cline
There was the original Revolution that set up a democracy. The Communists hijacked that Revolution with one of their own and set up Communism. Then the Communists, the people who wanted a democracy and the old Royalists fought a three way Civil War each trying to gain control of the country. The Communists won in the end.
Answer by Spellbound
The term Russian Revolution generally refers to the events from late February to early November 1917, the February and October Revolutions.
There was no great Bolshevik uprising, unless you count the July Days, when the workers in Petrograd rose against the Provisional Government. The October Revolution was a seizure of power by a small group of professional revolutionaries, not a mass uprising.
The Civil war began in early 1918 (although some place it even earlier, dating the start from the failed Kornilov revolt of August 1917), soon after the Bolsheviks seized power, and then closed the democratically elected Constituent Assembly – they lost the elections. The civil war lasted until 1921, although there was some sporadic violence until mid 1924.
During the October Revolution, Moscow experienced a lot more fighting than Petrograd, with anti-Bolshevik forces and politicians challenging the takeover of power in the capital, there was even fighting in Red Square.
@ Gerry, the February revolution was no more democratic than the October – in fact, the ONLY elections held in 1917 were AFTER the October revolution.. Please read a book about the Revolutions.
Danik – try reading a REAL book, you know, one without a swastika on the front. The Bolsheviks were NOT funded by the Rothschilds – why would they, their economic concerns in Russia would be taken from them. Silly Nazi.
Answer by Danik
No, but it’s a event which led to the civil war (also called the counter-revolution). A coalition of communists, social-democrats and liberals fought against Imperial Russian army in the first conflict. In the counter revolution the White army (Imperialists and nationalists) fought against the Red army. Also, please include that the revolution was financiated by German and American (the Jewish Rotschild family and Rockerfellers) for political and business reasons respectively.
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