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

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 (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/1918_Constitution_(Fundamental_Law)_of_the_RSFSR).

The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
(http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/bl34.asp)

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.

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