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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson C: The Revolution and Civil War in Russia

Opening: Causes of Revolution

Prior to 1917, the world had seen a number of revolutions. A revolution is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. Some of the world's most famous revolutions prior to 1917 include:

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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following question:

  • What might cause citizens to revolt against their own government?


Directions: Now, read the following quotations about the Russian Revolution. Then, discuss your responses to the questions.

Document 1: Tambov Squire April 1917           Document 2: Prince Lvov July 1917
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Classroom Activity - People and Governments

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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • For which author of the above quotations do you have more sympathy?
  • Who is right, and who is wrong?
  • What do you think should be the relationship between a government and its people?

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