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Comment on Welcome to the “Party”: Marxism and Leninism in Late-Imperial Russia by A. Lengyel

I have no secondary sources to back this up, so take it all with a grain of salt, but I feel that the main problem faced by the Mensheviks was that their solutions were not radical enough for many of those who felt disenfranchised in Russia, meaning th… Continue reading

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Comment on “What Is To Be Done?” In This Post? by A. Lengyel

I find it hard to believe that Lenin denounced any kind of terror tactics. Though he does speak of “excitative terror” as an obstacle to revolution, when I read the sections of “What is to be Done?” I assumed that his opposition to terrorism was simply rhetorical. Lenin had to have known that overthrowing not only an economic system, but also an autocracy that had been in place for centuries, would necessitate extreme measures such as terrorism. In fact, Freeze alludes to certain Marxist groups agitating, aiding, and abetting the Labor movement in the late 1800’s (pg. 242). Of course, Lenin could not have openly supported terrorism. He would have certainly been arrested and possibly executed for such a stance, but I feel that even if he did not condone it, he at least looked the other way when such tactics benefited the revolutionary movement. Continue reading

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Comment on A Unified Peasant Class by A. Lengyel

The peasant involvement in the 1905 Revolution is interesting because their unification contradicts what many Russians thought of the peasant class in the years since the great reforms. Many thought of the peasants as an unorganized, uneducated, and immoral lot. The reformers sought to control the peasantry by keeping them tied to their local lands and communities. The terrible conditions of land-hunger and massive debt obviously caused unrest within the peasantry, and I see the 1905 Revolution as the peasantry fulfilling the prophecies of the Russian populists. Finally, the peasants realized the power that they held collectively and decided to take action to better their lot in life. The russian government paid for the mistakes that they made in the 1870’s with a unified peasantry in the early 1900’s. Continue reading

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Comment on Never Underestimate Your Enemies by A. Lengyel

I enjoyed reading this post. I liked how you focused on one particular battle of the war, and a very momentous battle at that. After reading your description of the strategies employed by both sides it is not surprising to me that the Russians were d… Continue reading

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Comment on Weak Fixes for Growing Problems by Grace Hemmingson

I think the main reason Tsar Nicholas was unwilling to give up his power was that he had seen his father re-establish the dominance of the monarchy, so he was using that example to base his decisions off of. No other monarch in Russian history had given much credit to the peasants either, so there was not much reason for him to think that their demands warranted a real reason to change the system. It was this lack of foresight that, an “if it’s not broken…” mindset, that allowed these tensions to build up. Good post, definitely worth discussion! Continue reading

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Comment on The not so Quiet Riot by Grace Hemmingson

I love that you pointed out a riot besides the one on Bloody Sunday. It shows that this was so much more than just a concentrated movement. You are definitely right that the Russian losses against Japan show very clearly how the reforms of Alexander II… Continue reading

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Comment on Never Underestimate Your Enemies by zmartin

I really liked that link of Japanese pictures. That’s not something that one would general find or get a chance to see. I also liked how you described why it was so easy for the Japanese to win/ the Russian’s strategic weaknesses. It’s something that isn’t really discussed when talking about this war. Continue reading

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Comment on The not so Quiet Riot by zmartin

This post was really interesting. There was a lot of information that i didn’t know previously, such as the surprise attack,no European power previously losing a war, and about the mutiny. Telling interesting facts instead of reciting the common knowledge was refreshing. Continue reading

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Comment on The Japanese Butt-Kicking by zmartin

I like that you gave a lot of detail and background on the topic. It helped to get a better understanding of the war. The mentioning of not having the Trans Siberian railway is important since most of industrialized Russia was in the West, making it ha… Continue reading

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Comment on Weak Fixes for Growing Problems by oliva2015

This post really examines the details of the Tsars unwise decision to create a false source of power for the lower class people of Russia. He knew that the people were pressuring him for change, but he underestimated the fervor of the people. The Tsa… Continue reading

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