Russia Before the 1917 Revolution

A war within a war. The 26th installment in a 32-part series on the Great War investigates the fall of the Russian Empire. Scholars analyze a short video clip leading to a discussion of the failure of Czar Nicholas II to hold together a nation that was ripping itself apart in the years leading to the October 1917 Revolution. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the reading on Czar Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia
  • Extend lesson with research of Russia's involvement in World War I: Russia in WWI
Classroom Considerations
  • Video clip lasts less than 10 minutes
  • Resource is excellent for audio and visual learners
  • Contains multiple topics on Russian history and background on the October 1917 Russian Revolution 
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