The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution | Lecture 19 | European Civilization, 1648-1945 | Open Yale Courses

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Lecture delivered by Professor John Merriman as part of the ‘European Civilization, 1648-1945’ Yale College course. The period between the Russian Revolution of February 1917, which resulted in the overthrow of the autocracy and the establishment of a provisional government, and the Bolshevik Revolution in October of that same year, offers an instructive example of revolutionary processes at work. During this interval, the fate of Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, was bound up in the struggle for power amongst competing political factions in Russia. Until his death, Nicholas was convinced that the Russian people would rescue him from his captors. Such a belief would prove to be delusional, and the efforts on the part of liberals, socialists, and some Bolsheviks to arrange for a trial would fail to save the czar from the verdict of history.

Lecture chapters consist of:

  1. The Process of Revolution: Political Competition after the February Revolution [00:00:00]
  2. Czar Nicholas II, a Family Man [00:10:58]
  3. The Father of His People: Narod and the National Family [00:18:39]
  4. The Fall of the Romanovs [00:30:10]

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Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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