The Russian Revolutions Of 1917

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Russian Revolutions Of 1917

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This is an Honours course taught by Central and East European Studies. It can be taken as part of the MA Honours Social Science Programme. The aim of this course is to explore the nature of the popular protest which first overthrew the Tsar and then brought the Bolsheviks to power in October 1917.


    When Lenin and the Bolsheviks seized power in October 1917 they changed the course of twentieth century history. This course should appeal to all students interested in understanding how the old Tsarist order collapsed and why the Bolsheviks emerged as the dominant force in the ensuing disorder. With this in mind, the course aims to explore the nature of the popular protests which first overthrew the Tsar and then brought the Bolsheviks to power. Throughout, the dynamic between political ideologies and popular aspirations will be explored, alongside the role played by the Bolshevik Party in mobilising the masses. It will cover the following themes:

    (i) The impact of the First World War on Tsarist society

    (ii) The causes and consequences of the February Revolution

    (iii) Dual Power: the Soviet versus the Provisional Government

    (iv) Insurrection: the debate about the October Revolution.


    The course will draw heavily on the wide range of documentary material available in translation, in order to help understand the motivation of past political actors.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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