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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson C: The Revolution and Civil War in Russia


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Classroom Activity - Communist Revolution

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

Think about the dramatic transformation of the government of the U.S.S.R. as you read the following quote about the communist revolution.

"It follows that the communist revolution will not merely be a national phenomenon but must take place simultaneously in all civilized countries — that is to say, at least in England, America, France, and Germany. It will develop in each of the these countries more or less rapidly, according as one country or the other has a more developed industry."

Friedrich Engels, The Principles of Communism, 1847 at

  1. Why does the author of this quote suggest that England, America, France, and Germany are likely locations for a communist revolution?
  2. What connections existed between communist revolution and industry?
  3. What do you think are the most important ideas, events, or people that led to the formation of the U.S.S.R.?

Include details and examples to support your answer.

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