Russia's Finest General - Aleksei Brusilov

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Russian General Aleksei Brusilov served both the tsar and revolutionary Russia. His massive offensive racked up deaths and broke through the Austria-Hungarian line. An insightful video explores how Brusilov's military career parallels a Russia on the brink of revolution and shows the precarious position of the future super power during World War I.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer video as research on key figures in World War I
  • Discuss the role of the Brusilev offensive in the Great War using the video as background
Classroom Considerations

  • Pictures of dead soldiers make the video inappropriate for some classes
  • Part of Who Did What in World War I? video biography series
  • Content assumes the class has background information on the Great War in general, and on Russia's internal politics in particular
Pros

  • Quotes from Brusilov engage learners from the general's perspective
  • Enthusiastic narrator poses key questions to keep scholars focused on the larger themes of Brusilov's life
Cons

  • Video is interrupted by political ads
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