Was violence, terror and war fundamental and esswential aspects of the Russian Revolution?
History a/Political Violence and Revolution Pa er Asst nment , 2017 Spring 2017
OUESTION TO BE ANALYZED In the introduction to his book, The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions, Arno Mayer contends that “there is no revolution without violence and ten-or; without civil and foreign war.” Based on your reading and analysis of the documents on alphahistory.com for the Russian Revolution, would you agree with Mayer that violence, terror, and war were fundamental and essential aspects of the Russian Revolution? Why or why not?
http://alvhahistorv.comirussianrevolutionirussian-revolut ion-documents/ In your answer you must use and reference an assortment of documents from alphahistory.com. In addition, you can use any of the readings assigned for our Russian Revolution unit that are listed on the syllabus. You must cite your sources. When citing a particular source from a website, please adhere to the following format: “The Formation of the Provisional Government”, http: alphahistorv.comtrussianrevolutiowformation-provisional-government-1917/ (Accessed March 8, 2017)
DO NOT try to take a shortcut by looking quickly at just a handful of documents. It will be obvious and your paper will not turn out well. Read the original documents on alphahistory.com for the Russian Revolution closely and critically. Take notes as you read and think about Mayer’s argument. As you do, build your own argument about whether Mayer’s assertion holds weight or not. Although not every document will be applicable, you should read them all and then use the selections that you think support your argument in writing your paper.
Some VERY IMPORTANT points to remember:
1. Your paper needs an introduction that ends with a thesis statement that clearly presents your answer to the question posed immediately above. 2. Stay focused on your thesis statement: Don’t get distracted by another line of argument later on in your paper. The body of the paper is intended to prove the validity of your thesis through the presentation of evidence (from the sources) and your own analysis. You need to develop your argument throughout the paper. 3. Your paper needs to have a conclusion. 4. In order to write an effective paper, you need to read critically. Read actively and make notes. When taking notes be sure to write the specific document and page number on which the information appears. Be careful to note when you are quoting directly in your notes so that you do not inadvertently plagiarize in your submitted paper.