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Threats to Lenin's Russian Revolution (03:39)

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The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union. Lenin's words address threats to his Soviet Union from Germany, the west, and from counter-revolutionary white Russians.

Lenin Calls for a Red Army (04:25)

The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union. Lenin's words call on the Russian people to unite against threats from the west and from internal counter-revolutionaries.

Lenin Addresses the "Russia of the Priests" (01:59)

The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union. Lenin's words and those of a Soviet soldier address feelings toward the pro-tsar west.

Lenin Rallies Support from Around the World (02:01)

Lenin praises working class, pro-Bolshevism crowds who demonstrate around the world, especially those in Paris. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

Lenin and Revolution in Germany (02:19)

Lenin predicted a revolution in Germany and Bolsheviks believed the future of socialism depended upon its success. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

Lenin and Revolution in Hungary (02:28)

Lenin's words regarding the attempted Communist revolution in Hungary are examined. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

Lenin Addresses the Failure of Revolution in Germany (01:32)

Lenin explains his beliefs about why the Bolshevik revolution succeeded in Russia while socialism failed in Germany. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

Lenin Calls for a Worldwide Communist Revolution (04:27)

Lenin calls for a workers to unite in a worldwide Communist revolution, to overthrow their governments, and to submit to Moscow for leadership. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

Lenin's Death (02:39)

People around the world mourned the sudden death of Vladimir Lenin. Lenin's words about revolution and the overthrow of capitalism provide the soundtrack for archival footage of grieving mourners.

Peasants, Land, and Lenin's Revolution (03:07)

At start of the 20th century, most of Russia's land was in the hands of the rich. Vladimir Lenin calls for peasants to join the proletariat in taking up arms, and for the nationalization of all land, to bring about revolution.

Lenin Denounces Tolstoy (00:57)

Tolstoy's death marked the death of a belief that peasants would lead the transformation of Russia. Marxists would have nothing to do with this belief, and Lenin denounced Tolstoy's ideas, opinions, and philosophical constructs as a "farce."

Lenin's Devotion to Revolution (01:16)

Vladimir Lenin's revolutionary cause consumed him and drove him for more that 20 years. His single-minded devotion to revolution in Russia is described.

Lenin Addresses Industrialization and a Workers' Revolution (03:35)

Archival footage and the words of Vladimir Lenin document Russia's rise as an industrialized nation. Lenin addresses issues including industrialization, capitalism, working conditions, workers' strikes, and revolution.

The Russo-Japanese War and Lenin's Revolution (01:45)

The 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War ended in a defeat of Tsarist forces. Vladimir Lenin speaks about the war and its influence on revolution in Russia.

The 1905 Russian Revolution (02:00)

In 1905 a crowd of 200,000 assembled to petition the Tsar to address their grievances. When the police opened fire, a Russian revolution was born.

The 1917 Russian Revolution (01:52)

In 1917 Russian soldiers, workers, and peasants put an end to Tsarism. Archival footage and the words of Vladimir Lenin document his response and the impact of the new events on his own revolutionary ambitions.

Lenin's Revolutionary Triumph (02:14)

War, political turmoil, and fighting among rival revolutionaries set the stage in Russia for Lenin's revolution. Lenin calls for an immediate armed rebellion to bring down Russia's government, and he takes control of the nation.

Lenin the Orator, Trotsky, and Stalin (01:20)

Trotsky comments on Lenin's style as an orator; Lenin assesses the strengths and weaknesses of both Trotsky and Stalin as possible successors. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

The Suffering of Russia (02:37)

Archival footage documents the harsh suffering of the Russian people three years after the October Revolution. Vladimir Lenin comments on the suffering and faded hopes of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Lenin's Police Stamp Out Opposition (00:60)

Lenin comments on his police force and dealing with Anarchists and other enemies of his revolution. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

Lenin's New Economic Policies (01:17)

Lenin comments on a new economic path designed to increase Russia's productivity and ease suffering. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

Bolshevik Society Establishes Values and a Cultural Identity (04:52)

Like all newly created societies, Bolshevik society sought to identify historical roots and establish cultural foundations. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union Emerges as a World Power (04:23)

In 1922 the Soviet Union emerged as a world power; world events prior to World War II, and Lenin's influence in North Africa and Asia, are examined. The words of Vladimir Lenin and archival footage document the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of the Soviet Union.

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Lenin According to Lenin


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This program uses Lenin’s own words to tell the story of the Bolchevik rise to power: the overthrow of the Tsar and of the Kerensky government, the efforts at world Communist revolutions and the readiness to compromise in order to save the revolution in the Soviet Union, the ascendancy of the struggle against socialism over the struggle against capitalism. Thus the program explains the political background of the establishment of the totalitarian Soviet state and of its economic, social, and cultural policies—the precise institutions and policies that would in our time cause the destruction of what Lenin created by the force of his single-minded personality, his political acuity, his powerful oratory...and the weaknesses of the divided democratic opposition. (60 minutes, b&w/color)

Length: 60 minutes

Item#: BVL2564

Copyright date: ©1991

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