Historical timeline

  • Marxists Revolutionaries Split

    Marxists Revolutionaries Split
    Marxists revolutionaries disagree over revolutionary tectics. The more radical Bolsheviks are ready to risk everything. The charismatic Vladimir Lenin becomes the leader.
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    Russian Revolution

  • Korea & Manchuria

    Korea & Manchuria
    Russia and Japan signed a series of agreements over the territories of Korea and Manchuria, but Russia broke them. Japan retaliated by attacking the Russians at port.
  • Approaching the Czar's Winter Palace

    Approaching the Czar's Winter Palace
    200,000 workers and families carried a petition asking for better working conditions, more personal freedom, and elected national legislature.
  • First Duma Met

    First Duma Met
    Russia's first parliament. Leaders who wanted Russia to become a constitutional monarchy simliar to Britain.
  • Russia Into WW1

    Russia Into WW1
    Unprepared to handle the military and economic costs
  • Citywide Strike

    Citywide Strike
    Women textile workers in Petrograd led a citywide strike. Next few days, riots formed over shortages bread and fuel. 200,000 workers swarmed streets.
  • Storming of Winter Palace

    Storming of Winter Palace
    Armed factory workers stormed to winter palace on Petrograd. Called themselves the Bolshevik Red Guards, they took over government offices and arrested leaders of the provisional government.
  • Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

    Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
    Russia and Germany signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Russia surrendered a large part of its territory to Germany and its allies.
  • Civil War Raged in Russia

    Civil War Raged in Russia
    Several western nations, including the United States, sent military aids forces to Russia to help the White Army. They were little help. Around 14 million Russians died in the 3 year struggle.
  • Set Aside

    Set Aside
    Lenin temporarily put aside his plan for a state-controlled economy. He resorted to a small-scale version of capitalism called the New Economic Policy. Allowed peasants to sell surplus crops instead of turning them over to the government.
  • Communist Party

    Communist Party
    Country was named the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Stalin became general secretary of the Communist Party, and he worked behind the scenes to move his supporters into position of power.