Timeline for Russian Revolution

  • Revolution of 1905 and the October Manifesto

    Revolution of 1905 and the October Manifesto
    This picture was chosen because it best demonstrates the significance of the series of uprisings and protests in Russia that forced the czar to issue a manifesto granting civil liberties and the creation of a national parliament. The picture's background illustrates the national outrage presented through each person's facial emotions.
  • Beginning of WWI

    Beginning of WWI
    A picture of a newspaper stating "Austria Has Chosen War" is a significant image to represent the beginning of World War I because it captures the pivotal moment when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914, which set off a chain reaction of events that ultimately led to the outbreak of the First World War.
  • Czar Nicholas II takes sole control of military operations

    Czar Nicholas II takes sole control of military operations
    The picture of soldiers kneeling before Czar Nicholas II represents his absolute power over the Russian military after he took control of military operations in 1915. It captures the autocratic nature of the Russian monarchy and the extreme loyalty expected of soldiers.
  • Brusilov Offensive

    Brusilov Offensive
    This picture is perfect to represent what happened during the Brusilov Offensive. It shows how the Russian Empire's greatest feat of arms during WWI was approached.
  • Assassination of Rasputin

    Assassination of Rasputin
    This picture is significant as it depicts how Yussupov and Pavlovich lured Rasputin to Moika Palace, gave him poisoned food and wine, and ultimately shot him. The image highlights the brutal nature of his death and serves as a reminder of the political instability and violence that marked the end of the Russian monarchy.
  • International Women’s Day March in Petrograd

    International Women’s Day March in Petrograd
    The picture showing women marching in Petrograd is a significant representation of the International Women's Day March in Petrograd because it captures the spirit and power of the women who took to the streets demanding change and paved the way for the Russian Revolution. This image showcases the determination and courage of the women who participated in the march, despite the risks of facing violence and persecution from the authorities.
  • Nicholas II Abdicates

    Nicholas II Abdicates
    The newspaper headline "Last Romanov Abdicates and Russia becomes a Republic with Duma committee in charge" is a significant representation of "Nicholas II Abdicates." It marks a pivotal moment in history when Russia transitioned from a monarchy to a republic, leading to unrestricted freedom and contributing to the outcome of World War I.
  • Provisional Government formed

    Provisional Government formed
    This picture of Russian officials sitting together as a governing body represents the establishment of the Provisional Government in Russia, which filled the power vacuum left by the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. It symbolizes the unity and collaboration needed to stabilize the country during a time of political turmoil and marked a significant turning point in Russian history.
  • April Theses Published

    April Theses Published
    This photo shows a newspaper article that is titled "LENIN'S APRIL THESES." This is important because it shows how the theses were a very significant calling for Soviet control of state powers. They also contributed to the July Days that comes later.
  • Return of Lenin from exile

    Return of Lenin from exile
    This picture of Lenin arriving in Russia by train and being welcomed by a large crowd best represents his return from exile, which marked a turning point in Russian history and paved the way for the Bolsheviks' rise to power. The image of him stepping out of the train to a welcoming crowd symbolizes the support and enthusiasm for his revolutionary ideas, which ultimately led to the establishment of the first communist state in the world.
  • First All-Russian Congress of Soviets meets

    First All-Russian Congress of Soviets meets
    This photo depicts how the All-Russian Congress of Soviets met. It was held for 4 days in the Petrograd in the building of the First Cadet Corps on Vasilyevsky Island which is shown in the picture.
  • July Days

    July Days
    This photo shows the action that happened during the periods of unrest in Petrograd, Russia. The picture perfectly shows the chaos that happened with all the soldiers lined up.
  • Kornilov Affair

    Kornilov Affair
    This image shows General Lavr Kornilov about to lead his men into the attempted military coup d'etat.
  • Cheka formed

    Cheka formed
    This image best represents the Cheka forming as it shows the symbol that was made for the security service.
  • Trotsky organizes Red Guard to defend Petrograd

    Trotsky organizes Red Guard to defend Petrograd
    This photo shows the Red Guard and how Trotsky headed the army as the People's Commissar for military and Naval affairs.
  • Period: to

    War Communism Introduced

    A series of policies implemented by the Bolsheviks to manage the economy and support the war effort, characterized by nationalization, rationing, and requisitioning of resources.
  • Constituent Assembly Meets and Disbands

    Constituent Assembly Meets and Disbands
    The elected body established to draft a new constitution for Russia, which was disbanded by the Bolsheviks after only one day of session.
  • Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

    Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
    The peace treaty signed between the Central Powers and Soviet Russia, which ended Russia's participation in WWI but resulted in the loss of significant territories and resources.
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    Red Terror

    The period of political repression and violence carried out by the Bolsheviks against perceived enemies of the revolution, which resulted in thousands of executions and imprisonments.
  • Bolsheviks overthrow the Provisional Government and take control

    Bolsheviks overthrow the Provisional Government and take control
    This photo clearly depicts how the Bolsheviks attacked by forces led by Vladimir Lenin and how they overthrew the government with their attacks.
  • Ukraine brought under Soviet control

    Ukraine brought under Soviet control
    Following the Russian Revolution, Ukraine became an independent republic but was eventually conquered by the Red Army and brought under Soviet control.
  • 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
    Admiral Kolchak led a White Army against the Bolsheviks from Siberia, which posed a serious threat to the new socialist government.
  • Poles move toward Kiev

    Poles move toward Kiev
    During the Russian Civil War, Polish forces advanced toward Kiev, aiming to create a new Polish state.
  • Soviets attempt to take Warsaw

    Soviets attempt to take Warsaw
    This image portrays the ideal of Brutality within the battle. The men armed conveys Lenin's ideology of national communist uprisings across European countries.
  • Tambov Rebellion:

    Tambov Rebellion:
    This picture displays the main concept of the Tambov Rebellion through the equipment of the soldiers. A central idea of the Revolt was that it was run by the Peasants fighting against the Bolshevik party. This is seen through the image by the poor equipment worn by the Peasants showing how they are fighting the government with any supplies they can manage.
  • Kronstadt uprising

    Kronstadt uprising
    This picture was chosen because it depicts the unification of the sailors to rise against their won government. It shows a sailor calling the other sailors to arms and is symbolic of the Kronstadt uprising inspiring peasants all around Russia to revolt as well. Showing how the Bolshevik party is in need of change to better benefit the working class or peasants.
  • Ending of Wartime Communism

    Ending of Wartime Communism
    This image contributes to the show the negative effects of War Communism on the peasants. Through all the peasants eating the dead horse it shows how dire War Communism has made the working class and that reform was necessary.
  • Treaty of Rapallo

    Treaty of Rapallo
    This image conveys the main idea of the Treaty of Rapallo through the meeting of the people directly reflecting the terms of the treaty. The terms of the treaty being the unification of the Russia and Germany similar to how the people unified to take that meeting in the picture.
  • Formation of Soviet Union

    Formation of Soviet Union
    This image of the displays the intentions of the Soviet Union being for equality through congress of men discussing together at the table and signing a document. Further presetting the ideals of unification between the countries as well, seen through the men signing the document together.
  • Lenin's Death

    Lenin's Death
    This image was chosen because it shows the disconnect between Lenin and the peasants of Russia through all the 'higher-ups' at Lenin's funeral. the picture shows how even though Lenin promised "peace, land and bread", he had instead led Russia into a Civil war and his policies led to famine. Showing how he did not benefit the Peasants.