Russian Revolution and Soviet Power

Course Information
TitleΡωσική Επανάσταση και Σοβιετική Εξουσία / Russian Revolution and Soviet Power
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorVemund Aarbakke
Course ID600014975

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to: - Describe and identify the historical circumstances in which the Russian Revolution of 1917 took place; - To recognize and critically address the multiple and different historiographical interpretations of the event. - Learn to study the primary historical sources and produce historical arguments explaining the causes of the events, their effects and their long-term consequences. - Explain historical continuity and change.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Course drawing -. The 19th century. Industrial capitalism, colonization, immigration, labor movement, socialism, Marxism. The era of revolutions? -. From Paris to Russia. 1871-1905. The Revolution and Social Democracy. -. The First World War. Social and political developments. The crisis of 1916-1917. -. Military, political, economic and social impasse of the Russian Empire. -. The February Revolution. The events in Petersburg. The end of the monarchy. Democracy. The Duma, the Provisional Government and the Soviets. -. Binary power. Government and Soviets. War, political programs, goals and social policy. -. The Bolsheviks, Lenin and the "April Thesis". -. The continuation of the war and the events of July 1917. The short civil status. -. Military failures of the summer. The completion of the "democratic war". The military coup of Kornilov. -. The summer folding and the bold return of the Bolsheviks to the political front. Lenin: State and Revolution. The preparations for the armed uprising. -. The October Revolution in Petrograd. All power in the Soviets. -. The revolution in Moscow and the rest of Russia. -. The political program of revolutionary power. War, land, labor control. -. The proposal for "democratic peace" and the end of the First World War. -. The first steps of Soviet power. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the start of civil war and external "intervention"
Russia, Revolution, World War I, Communism, Bolsheviks, Lenin, Socialism
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities150.5
Written assigments100.4
Student Assessment
The grade on each course is determined by the teacher, who is obliged to arrange written and / or oral examinations at his discretion. The grade in each lesson follows the scale of integer numbers from one (1) to ten (10). Success rate is the number five (5). According to Law 3549/2007 and without prejudice to the provisions of article 27 of Law 1404/1983, each course is examined at the end of the semester in which it was taught and in addition to the September examination period. The score is derived from: a) The level of knowledge about the subject matter b) The ability to analyze and synthesize in the thinking c) The understanding of the cognitive subject.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
-. Μαργαρίτης Γεώργιος (2017), Η Ρωσική Επανάσταση 1917. Μια σύντομη ιστορία, Αθήνα, ΚΨΜ
Additional bibliography for study
-. Abramovich Raphael A. (1962), The Soviet Revolution, New York, International Universities Press -. Acton Edward (1990), Rethinking the Russian Revolution, London, Edward Arnold -. Ascher Abraham (editor) (1976), The Mensheviks in the Russian Revolution, Ithaca NY, Cornell University Press -. Ascher Abraham (2014), The Russian Revolution. A Beginner’s Guide, London, New York, Oneworld -. Banerji Arup (1997), Merchants and Markets in Revolutionary Russia, 1917-1930, London, Palgrave, Macmillan -. Berard Ewa (1991), La vie tumultueuse d’ Ilya Ehrenbourg. Juif, Russe et Sovietique, Paris, Editions Ramsay -. Beryl Williams (1987), The Russian Revolution, Oxford, Basil Blackwell -. Buchanan George Sir (1923), My Mission to Russia and Other Diplomatic Memories, Boston, Little, Brown -. Cantacuzene Julia (2016)(f.p. 1919), Revolutionary Days: Recollections of Romanoffs And Bolsheviki, 1914-1917, New York, Indepedently Published -. Carmichael Joel (1966), Histoire de la revolution russe, Paris, Gallimard/Idees -. Chamberlin William Henry (1935), The Russian Revolution, New York, Macmillan (2 τόμοι) -. Chassin Serge (1919), Au pays de la demence rouge. La Revolution Russe (1917-1918), Paris, Librairie Plon -. D’ Agostino Anthony (2011), The Russian Revolution, 1917-1945, Oxford, Santa Barbara Ca., Praeger -. Daniels Robert (1967), Red October. The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, New York, Scribner’s -. Daniels Robert (editor) (1972), The Russian Revolution, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice Hall inc. -. [Les] faussaires contre les Soviets (1926), Paris, Librairie du Travail -. Edelman Robert (1986), Gentry Politics on the Eve of the Russian Revolution: The Nationalist Party, New Brunswick, New Jersey, London,Rutgers University Press -. Ferro Marc (1967), La Revolution de 1917 (Fevrier-Juillet), Paris, Aubier -. Ferron Marc (1972), The Russian Revolution of February 1917, London, Prentice-Hall -. Figes Orlando (1998), A People’s Tragedy. The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924, London, Penguin Books -. Figes Orlando, Kolonitsk Boris (1999), Interpreting the Russian Revolution: The Language and Symbols of 1917, New York, Yale University Press -. Fitzpatrick Sheila (2002), The Russian Revolution, Oxford, Oxford University Press -. Haupt Georges, Marie Jean Jacques (1969), Les Bolsheviks par eux-memes, Paris, Maspero -. Herval Rene (1918), Huit mois de revolution russe (Juin 1917-Janvier 1918), Paris, Hachette -. Hingley Ronald (1970), Russian Revolution, London, Bodley Head -. Gill Graeme (1979), Peasants and Government in the Russian Revolution, London, Macmillan/LSE -. Gorki Maxim (1968), Untimely Thoughts: Essays on Revolution, Culture and the Bolsheviks, 1917-1918, New York, Eriksson P.S. -. Jackson George, Devlin Robert (editors) (1989), Dictionary of the Russian Revolution, Westport Conn., Greenwood -. Katkov George (1967), Russia 1917: The February Revolution, London, Longmans -. Keep John L.H. (1976), The Russian Revolution: A Study in Mass Mobilization, London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson -. Kerensky (1965), Russia and History’s Turning Point, New York, Duell, Sloan and Pierce -. Koenker Diane (1986), Moscow Workers and the 1917 Revolution, Princeton, Princeton University Press -. Kowalski R. (1997), The Russian Revolution, 1917-1921, London, New York, Routledge -. Lenine (1931), La Revolution Bolsheviste (Ecrits et discours, 1917-1923), Paris. Payot -. Liebman Marcel (1970), The Russian Revolution: The Origins, Phases and Meaning of the Bolsheviks Revolution, New York, Jonathan Cape Ltd. -. Lockhart Bruce R.A. (1933), British Agent, New York, Putnam’s -. Luxemburg Rosa (1961), The Russian Revolution. Leninism and Marxism, University of Michigan Press -. Mayer Arno (2000), The Furies. Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions, Princeton N.J., Princeton University Press -. Mavor James (2016), The Russian Revolution, London, Routledge -. Mawdsley Evan (1978), The Russian Revolution and the Baltic Fleet. War and Politics, February 1917-April 1918, London, Macmillan -. North David (2014), The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century, London, Mehring Books -. Pascal Pierre (1975), En communisme. Mon journal de Russie. A la Mission Militaire Francaise, 1916-1918, Lausanne, L’ Age d’ Homme -. Pascal Pierre (1977), En communisme. Mon journal de Russie, 1918-1921, Lausanne, L’ Age d’ Homme -. Pares Bernard Sir (1939), The Fall of the Russian Monarchy, New York, Knopf -. Pethybridge Roger (1972), Spread of the Russian Revolution. Essays on 1917, London, New York, Macmillan -. Pipes Richard (1964/1997), The Formation of the Soviet Union. Communism and Nationalism, 1917-1923, Cambridge Mass., London, Harvard University Press -. Pipes Richard (1990), The Russian Revolution, London, Collins Harvill -. Pipes Richard (1997), The Russian Revolution, 1899-1919, London Harvill -. Pipes Richard (1998), Three «Whys» of the Russian Revolution, London, Pimlico -. Pipes Richard (1995) A Consise History of the Russian Revolution, London, Harvill -. Pitcher Harvey (1995), Witnesses of the Russian Revolution, London, Trafalgar Square -. Poznanski Renee (1981), Intelligentsia et Revolution: Blok, Gorki et Maiakovski face a 1917, Paris, Editions Anthropos -. Que faire de l’Est europeen? (1919), Paris, Payot -. Rabinowitch Alexander (1968), Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising, Bloomington Ind., Indiana University Press -. Rabinowitch Alexander (1978), The Bolsheviks Come to Power. The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd, London, New York, W.W. Norton and Company -. Rabinowitch Alexander (2008), The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd, Bloomington Ind., Indiana University Press -. Radkey Oliver (1958), The Agrarian Foes of Bolshevism: Promise and Default of the Russian Socialist Revolutionaries, February to October, 1917, New York, Columbia University Press -. Reed John (1918), Ten Days that Shook the World, New York, Boni and Liveright -. Rosenberg William (1974), Liberals in the Russian Revolution: The Constitutional Democratic Party, 1917-1921, Princeton, Princeton University Press -. Russian Revolution, 1917 [The], (2001), London, Uncovered Editions/ Stationery Office -. Salomoni Antonella (2004)(1993), Lenin and the Russian Revolution, Northampton Mass., Interlink Books -. Schild Georg (1995), Between Ideology and Realpolitik. Woodrow Wilson and the Russian Revolution, 1917-1921, Westport Conn., London, Greenwood Press -. Serge Victor (2015), Year One of the Russian Revolution, Chicago, New York, Haymarket Books -. Service Robert (2009)(1986), The Russian Revolution, 1900-1927, London, Macmillan, Palgrave -. Service Robert (edited by) (1992), Society and Politics in the Russian Revolution, London, Macmillan Palgrave -. Shklovsky Victor (1970), A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs, 1917-1922, Ithaca N.Y., Cornell University Press -. Shukman Harold (edited by) (1988), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution, Oxford, Basil Blackwell -. Smith S.A. (2002), The Russian Revolution. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press -. Sobolev P.N. et als (edited by) (1966), History of the October Revolution, Moscow, Progress Publishers -. Steinberg Mark (2017), The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921, Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press -. Stites Richard (1989), Revolutionary Dreams. Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution, Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press -. Thatcher Ian (edited by) (2006), Reinterpreting Revolutionary Russia. Essays in Honour of James D. White, London, Macmillan, Palgrave -. Tolz Vera (1997), Russian Academicians and the Revolution. Combining Professionalism and Politics, London, Macmillan -. Trotsky Leon (1933), Histoire de la Revolution Russe. Tome I. La Revolution de Fevrier, Paris, Les Editions Rieder -. Trotsky Leon (1933), Histoire de la Revolution Russe. Tome ΙI. La Revolution de Fevrier, Paris, Les Editions Rieder -. Trotsky Leon (1934), Histoire de la Revolution Russe. Tome ΙΙI. La Revolution d’ Octobre, Paris, Les Editions Rieder -. Trotsky Leon (1933), Histoire de la Revolution Russe. Tome IV. La Revolution d’ Octobre, Paris, Les Editions Rieder -. 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