Russia 1917: Why Did Tsarism Collapse and the Bolsheviks Come to Power?
From Jeff Layne
Faculty, History Department
University of North Carolina
The basic facts of the Russian Revolution are widely known. Tsar Nicholas was ousted – and he and his family murdered – and the Bolshevik socialists, led by Vladimir Lenin, took over. In this lecture, prominent Russian history scholar Dr. Donald J. Raleigh provides much more information. For one thing, in addition to the Bolsheviks, there were many different socialist political parties other than the Bolsheviks. Dr. Raleigh places the revolution in context, outlining 19th century events that led to an environment in which revolution was possible. He also explains how Russia’s disastrous performance in World War I deeply affected that country. Dr. Raleigh’s achievements include writing several books, including the first local Russian history written by an American scholar, and receiving such awards as the Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.
Recorded: September 25, 2017