Week 2 Posts

The Stolypin Reforms

Pyotr Stolypin was a key figure in the early 1900′s revolutions of Russia.  Stolypin held multiple positions in the Russian government, ranging from an advisor all the way up to Prime Minister of Russia.  However, he may be best known for a set of reforms, which are appropriately known as the “Stolypin Reforms”.   In […]

Trade Unions and Their Development

Lenin’s views on the trade unions were that they were simply spontaneous movements that didn’t help to further the development of a “consciousness” amongst the workers.  This “consciousness” represented a driving force of the movement; the workers needed a higher purpose beyond just their present problems such as poor wages, … Continue reading

The Russian Massacre of 1905

The fall of the once great Russian Empire in the early 1900′s was not a silent and peaceful crumble from its once great stature as world economic and military power. Nicholas II, known as the last of the tsars, inherited an empire on a spiraling decline and the fact that Russia was defeated during the […]

Bloody Sunday 1904

When Nicholas II took over after his the death of his father Alexander III in 1894 would have inherited at nation that was going to revolt if it was not for Lenin. By the 1900s the whole entire country of Russia was escalating out of control.  From the day that Nicholas took leadership of Russia […]

Lenin Vision

  In this week’s blog I will be trying to answer the question, what relationship did Lenin envision between trade unions and the revolutionary party? This question is a little complex and so is Lenin’s answer. First Lenin had an idea of revolutionary theory which, Lenin states, “Without a revolutionary theory there can be no […]

Lenin and the Working Class

  What is to be said about Vladimir Lenin? More importantly, how did he influence Russia’s political economy during the late 19th-early 20th centuries? From the 1870′s up until the Revolution of 1905, Russia had been suffering with both domestic and foreign disasters. Abroad, Russia was embarrassed in the Russo-Japanese War by Japan, a newcomer […]