Hi All You Trotskyites,
Nice job to all today reviewing Russian history from 1905-1917! Wasn’t it interesting to see in your homework what happened to life in the USSR as a result of the Communist Party’s take-over?

We are going to do one final bit of Russian Imperial history before we finish this unit. The next two videos will cover the rise of Catherine the Great and some important things that happened during her reign from 1762-1796. She ruled during the Enlightenment where men began to reflect on liberty and freedom (good thing) and man’s autonomy (bad when it meant no need for God).

After Peter the Great died a number of interim rulers took over until his daughter Elizabeth seized power when she was 31 years old. Being childless, she imported her 14 year old nephew named Peter from Germany to be her heir. Unfortunately, he was a childish fool who idolized Frederick the Great of Prussia and didn’t even like Russia. Elizabeth’s next strategy was to bring in a competent German princess to marry Peter and produce a grandchild who could rule. That princess was named Sophia, but was christened in the Russian Orthodox Church as Catherine. Catherine despised her silly husband Peter but had grand designs on the Russian throne. You quiz questions will come from the following videos. Enjoy!

1. On Christmas Day Czar Elizabeth dies and Peter III. takes over. What actions does he take that anger the people and the army? (Name 2)
2. Who deposes Peter III?
3. How old was Catherine when she took the throne?
4. What was Catherine’s great goal for Russian land acquisition? Did she make it?
5. How did Catherine feel about the French Revolution and the beheading of Louis XVI?

Please finish reading the chapter WORKER’S PARADISE, pages 95-115. WARNING-this is a really, really depressing and frightening account of how Stalin’s definition of morality (WHATEVER IS USEFUL TO THE REVOLUTION IS MORAL) plays out in real life. It is very important we know the facts of this revolution and I just keep saying I am glad that none of us had to be there!

1. Why did Stalin encourage large families? (95)
2. What was Stalin’s goal for education? (95)
3. What were the requirements to be a teacher? (95-96)
4. What was Stalin’s definition of morality? (96) Give a few examples of how this played out in real life . (96-97)
5. What were the names of the three Communist groups for children and what ages were the children when they were involved? (98-99)
6. What big decision did Stalin make in the fall of 1928 and what was the name of the program he created to make sure his plan was carried out? What happened to private property?(100)
7. Name three ways Stalin raised cash to buy machinery. (101-102)
8. What were some results of Stalin’s building haste? (102)
9. What happened to the Sabbath? How did workers choose their occupation? (103)
10. What were living conditions like for the average Soviet worker? (104)
11. Who were the new nobility? (105-106)
12. Who were the mujiks? (106)
13. What happened to the kulaks, Russia’s most prosperous farm families? (107)
14. When the mujiks realized that collectives were the same as slave farms, what did they do? (108-109)
15. In July of 1932 Stalin oppressed the farmers by demanding that they deliver impossibly large quantities of food to the government. What was the result? Give a few graphic examples from pages 110 to 113.
16. Lev Kopelev recounts how he justified senseless killing…what was his justification? (103)
17. Stalin’s wife was one of the few who stood up to him. What happened to her and what did he do? (114)
18. Review chapter 3, WORKER’S PARADISE. Can you name one way that Russia was a worker’s paradise?

Next week Mrs. Anne Marshall will come talk to us about her experiences in Russia. Please bring your timeline in as we will update it!!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!!!!
Mrs. G.