Russian Revolution Timeline

  • Russian Revolution 1905

    Russian Revolution 1905
    The mass number of participants during the Russian Revolution is beautifully captured in this image. The direction in which the protesters are moving symbolizes their riotous behavior against the government.
  • October Manifesto

    October Manifesto
    This image shows how Tsar Nicholas II didn't sign the October Manifesto out of his own free will but he was "forced" to do so in order to bring about peace among the working class.
  • Beginning of WW1

    Beginning of WW1
    Shows a group of soldiers mobilizing, which is what Russia did on July 7, 1914; thus, cementing their involvement in WW1.
  • Tsar Nicholas II take sole control of military operations

    Tsar Nicholas II take sole control of military operations
    The photo, if not the real picture, is a clear representation of tsar Nicholas II on a home front. His purpose was to inspire the troops and in here we see that worked with the soldiers kneeling to the tsar; thus, showing that they pledge to fight for him.
  • Assassination of Rasputin

    Assassination of Rasputin
    The picture conveys the fact that, although Rasputin did die, it took multiple attempts before he actually died.
  • International Women's Day March in Petrograd

    International Women's Day March in Petrograd
    The picture is a clear portrayal of how grand the march was to the people of Russia and what it meant to them. All the different working communities coming together to advocate for the same rights.
  • Nicholas II Abdicates

    Nicholas II Abdicates
    The mallet represents the reason why tsar Nicholas II was kicked out of power, oppression, liberty, freedom, and parliament. And what forced him out of power; the March Revolution.
  • Provisional Government Formed

    Provisional Government Formed
    It's a photo taken when the Provisional Government was first formed.
  • April Theses

    April Theses
    This photo is significant to the April These because it shows Lenin telling a very large group of workers about the main points of the April Theses. The large group of workers is significant as it highlights how, at the time of the April Theses, a lot of people were gathering around Lenin in support due to his ideas.
  • Return of Lenin from Exile

    Return of Lenin from Exile
    Lenin returning to Russia was a huge day for the people of Russia. Because Lenin is regarded as a saint who brings hope to Russia, this photograph captures the viewpoint of the people as he returns to Russia.
  • Brusilov/June Offensive

    Brusilov/June Offensive
    This image shows soldiers marching during the Brusilov offensive. This is significant because soldiers were deserting during that offensive and it's important that we see the soldiers that stayed/soldiers before they left.
  • First All-Russian Congress of Soviets

    First All-Russian Congress of Soviets
    The image shows a large group of people in a meeting, which is important because it shows how there were a lot of people in the congress. This is important because it means there were a lot of people in the government, overseeing everything and there were many perspectives.
  • July Days

    July Days
    The image shows a lot of people lying on the ground, probably dead. This is important as it shows the large amount of people that died during those days.
  • Kornilov Affair

    Kornilov Affair
    The image shows general Kornilov with many other officers behind him, which is important as it shows that Kornilov was not working alone and that there were a lot of people helping him.
  • Trotsky Organizing Red Guards to Protect Petrograd

    Trotsky Organizing Red Guards to Protect Petrograd
    The image shows Trotsky with his Red Guards, which is important as it shows Trotsky's aggressive teaching of the military and how strict the Red Guards were.
  • Bolsheviks overthrow Provisional Government and take control

    Bolsheviks overthrow Provisional Government and take control
    The image shows Lenin during the November Revolution, and it's clear that he has a lot of people following him and listening to him. This is important as it shows that at the time, the people followed Lenin because they didn't trust the Provisional Government.
  • Cheka Formed

    Cheka Formed
    This image shows the cruel torture that the Cheka conducted on the people that disagreed with them, this being important because it shows that the Cheka were ruthless.
  • Constituent Assembly meets and is disbanded

    Constituent Assembly meets and is disbanded
    This picture is made by the Bolshevik artist Boris Zvykorin’s and it mainly shows the red guards during the Constituent Assembly. This picture highlights the anger throughout the assembly as multiple people carry weapons. This also shows the chaos prior to the assembly dismantling.
  • Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

    Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
    This picture shows the massive amount of territory taken by the central powers once the treaty was signed. The size of the land taken explains why so many Russians were upset about this agreement since that area specifically held major resources and industry for Russia.
  • Wartime Communism created

    Wartime Communism created
    This picture highlights the famine, terror, and disease that ensued after wartime communism was enacted. Millions died including the multiple individuals being carried out on stretchers as seen in the picture.
  • Red Terror

    Red Terror
    This photo shows the threatening nature of the reds as they carry guns. This sight of individuals or soldiers holding weapons was common in Russia at that time as the reds thought it was necessary to insight mass terror among the population in order to have firm control over Russia and in order to win the Russian Civil war.
  • Kolchak (one of the White leaders) begins serious attacks against Reds from Siberia

    Kolchak (one of the White leaders) begins serious attacks against Reds from Siberia
    This picture shows Kolchak sitting down as officers and soldiers surround him. It highlights his power at the time as he was deemed the “supreme ruler” of Russia. With this mass amount of control, it demonstrates a reason why he decided to attack the reds from Siberia; he wants to maintain his control.
  • Poles move toward Kiev

    Poles move toward Kiev
    This picture shows the polish army with tanks in Lviv, Ukraine as they are moving towards Kiev, Ukraine. The picture shows the amount of military force that was needed during the Polish-Soviet war to regain control of territories that were controlled by the soviets during this time.
  • Soviets attempt to take Warsaw

    Soviets attempt to take Warsaw
    The fury eyes that Red armies possessed in the picture shows their estrangement toward Polish and Ukrainian partnership. It also shows how they could not accept the situation of victorious Russian armies lost to Polish armies.
  • Kronstadt Uprising

    Kronstadt Uprising
    People in the picture all have their guns pointing at their opponents and they all wear the same uniforms. This emphasizes the domestic conflict that had been lasting for a long time in Russia at that time.
  • Ending of Wartime Communism

    Ending of Wartime Communism
    The picture shows the consequences of the War Communism in which people were suffering the famine as production rate dropped significantly due to no private ownership was allowed. It is the best picture as it directly shows the effects of War Communism on Russian people.
  • Tambov Rebellion

    Tambov Rebellion
    The picture for Tambov Rebellion shows the significant peasant participation in revolting against the Bolshevik Government.
  • Treaty of Rapallo

    Treaty of Rapallo
    The picture shows the softened relationship between Germany and Soviet Russia as representatives from both countries could sit down and talk to each other peacefully.
  • Formation of Soviet Union

    Formation of Soviet Union
    This picture best fits the definition of the Soviet Union as it demonstrates the regions that were included in Soviet Union yet were debatable since those regions wanted their independence. It therefore indicates the isolation of different groups within the country.
  • Ukraine brought under Soviet control

    Ukraine brought under Soviet control
    This picture shows the soldiers from the red army in Kyiv. The mass amount of soldiers demonstrates the overwhelming force and terror that was utilized in order to take control of Ukraine. Furthermore, it shows that the Ukrainian people did not want to be under soviet control and it was forced upon them instead.
  • Lenin Dies

    Lenin Dies
    The picture of Lenin's funeral demonstrates his widespread reputation in Russia as many people went to the funeral.