Past Meetup Law, History & Politics: The Russian Revolution (c. 1917)

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We'll continue the Second Season of Law History and Politics, discussing the Russian Revolution of 1917.

For this meeting, we will examine the Russian Revolution of 1917 by analyzing its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics. To that end, we'll discuss the following:

I. Law

The 1918 Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (

The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

II. History

The rise of "worker's movement" in the era of Industrial Revolution.

Prior assassination attempts of the Czars.

Russia's entry into WWI.

The Civil War of 1918.

The sudden influence and the rise of power of Grigori Rasputin.

The demise, exile and the ultimate execution of the Romanovs, ending a 300-year Monarchy.

III. Politics

The growing political opposition to Czar Nicholas II.

A formation of the interim governing body, the Duma.

Bolsheviks vs. Mensheviks

The rise of the Social Democratic Party lead by Lenin and Trotsky -- resulting in Leninism vs. Trotskyism.

The rise and inevitable take over of Stalin.

The long lasting implications leading up to the Cold War during the 20th Century.


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More about LHP:

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

Last year, the LHP series covered subject matters that directly related to the U.S. We read and discussed landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential legislative body of work.

For Season Two, the advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective. These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention.


LHP series (Season Two):

• The "Beer Hall Putsch" -- Munich, Bavaria (c. 1923) (May 2018):

• The Treaty of Versailles (March 2018):

• Magna Carta (Jan. 2018):


LHP series (Season One):

• Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges (December 2017):

• Brown v. Board of Ed. (Sept. 2017):

• The Chinese Exclusion Act and Korematsu v. U.S. (July 2017): ( )

• Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017) -- a reading and critical discussion of the "Separate But Equal" doctrine:

• Federalist Papers Nos. 2 and 68, and the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2017):