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1917 Revolutions. Started with bread. A lack of bread to be precise Disturbances in food lines of freezing, frustrated shoppers in St. Petersburg (now Petrograd ) erupted in violence People soon clashed with the police. Military Joins in.

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started with bread
Started with bread
  • A lack of bread to be precise
  • Disturbances in food lines of freezing, frustrated shoppers in St. Petersburg (now Petrograd) erupted in violence
  • People soon clashed with the police
military joins in
Military Joins in
  • Military units soon joined the fight against the police
  • They did not want to go back to the front
women raise hell
Women raise hell
  • On February 23, International Women’s Day, female demonstrators were joined on the streets by striking factory workers from the giant Putilov metallurgical factory
s gonna hit the fan
S--- gonna hit the fan
  • By the 27th, mutinous troops supported the revolutionary civilian population
  • So, Nicholas heads back to Petrograd by train
  • The train he was on was diverted by rebellious railway workers and forced into the town of Pskov
bye bye nicky
Bye bye Nicky
  • It was here the Nicholas was finally persuaded by his senior officers to resign his military and royal command
  • He abdicated his throne on March 2 and passed the throne on to his younger brother the Grand Duke Michael
it s never easy to break up
It’s never easy to break up
  • Nicholas took his break-up very casually
  • Once he relinquished the throne it is said Nicholas returned to his train car, had some tea and smoked a cigarette
  • He had just given up the throne of the largest Empire in the world
end of the romanovs
End of the Romanovs
  • Michael refused the crown
  • The Romanov dynasty ends right there
who will replace nicky
Who will replace Nicky?
  • Two bodies are ready to step in and take control of Russia
  • The provisionary government
  • The Petrograd Soviet
provisional government
Provisional Government
  • March 14, 1917, the Soviet and Duma agreed on a provisional government with LVOV at its head.
provisional government1
Provisional Government
  • The provisional government held power
  • The soviets held some influence and represented the lower-class citizens
  • Soon they start to go in different directions
the war
The War
  • The provisional government wanted to continue the war
  • The Bolsheviks wanted Russia to exit the War
the red flag
The RED flag
  • The symbol for the revolution was a red flag
  • It now flew from many buildings in Petrograd
hello lenin
Hello Lenin
  • When the March Revolution occurred, Lenin was in Switzerland. The Bolsheviks had played no major part in the revolution. The Germans, hoping to stir up chaos in Russia, offered Lenin a sealed train to travel across German territory to Finland Train Station in St. Petersburg

Upon arrival, Lenin immediately attacked the provisional government "all power to the Soviets"

karensky the killer
Karensky the killer

Alexander Kerensky made Minister of War

banish the bolsheviks
Banish the Bolsheviks

Lvov ordered Kerensky to end the treasonous demonstrations of the Bolsheviks and Lenin


JULY RIOTS: Kerenski's soldiers put down the Bolsheviks with a vengeance. Shocked, the Russian people demanded Lvov step down.

finland here i come
Finland here I come!!!!

Lenin fled to Finland to avoid arrest by Kerensky’s soldiers

general kornilov
General Kornilov
  • !July 31, 1917, commander-in- chief of the Russian Army by Kerensky. Kornilov marched on St. Petersburg to overthrow Kerensky and the Provisional Government
what is trotsky doing
What is Trotsky doing?
  • Trotsky was living in New York City at the time of the February Revolution
  • During the war he went from Austria to Switzerland to France to Spain to New York
  • Upon hearing about the revolution he immediately boards a ship with his family and heads back to Russia
detained in the maritimes
Detained in the Maritimes
  • His ship is boarded by the British Navy when it is in Halifax
  • Trotsky and his family are taken to a prison camp
  • Trotsky stays there for one month before being allowed back to Russia
  • He re-enters Russia in May of 1917
arrival in russia
Arrival in RUSSIA
  • Trotsky arrives in Russia in early May
  • On May 10, Lenin asks Trotsky to officially join the Bolshevik party
  • They put aside any differences they had in the past and move forward
trotsky and his speeches
Trotsky and his speeches
  • Once in Russia, Trotsky and Lenin both makes numerous speeches
  • Trotsky spoke many times at the Naval base of Kronstadt
  • Urging the sailors to join the revolutionary movement
  • He defends them time and time again, they join his cause