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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson C: The Revolution and Civil War in Russia


The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a series of events that ended the rule of the Romanov Dynasty. The Russian Civil War that immediately followed the Russian Revolution was a multi-party war that occurred within the former Russian Empire after the provisional government collapsed to the Bolshevik party. This emerging Soviet government: created the world's first communist state, changed the name of the country to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), and remained in power until 1989.

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