#OTD20 | October 25, 1917 (O.S.)

The Bolshevik Uprising: A Pivotal Moment in Russian History

October 25, 1917 (O.S.): The Bolsheviks, under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin, launch a determined uprising against the Provisional Government in Petrograd, marking the onset of the October Revolution.

Amidst the backdrop of political instability and a nation weary from World War I, the Bolsheviks mobilize their forces to seize key points in the Russian capital, culminating in the capture of the Winter Palace in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg).

This event signifies a fundamental shift in Russian politics, as the Provisional Government is toppled and Bolshevik control firmly established, paving the way for the birth of Soviet Russia.

The Bolshevik uprising and subsequent October Revolution have since become defining moments in world history, symbolizing the power of revolutionary ideals and the profound impacts of societal change.

Today, the events of 1917 are remembered not only as turning points in Russian history but as influential moments that shaped the geopolitical landscape of the 20th century.

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American Historical Association

Read about the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution at the website of the American Historical Association.


Read "What the World Got Wrong About the Russian Revolution" on the website of Time.

The Ohio State University

Read "The October Revolution in Russia" from the series, Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective at the website of The Ohio State University.


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