Historical Investigation

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Historical Investigation

Dana Ballout


How and why did the accounts of the storming of the winter palace in October 1917 differ in the film October and in the book : “A people’s tragedy : The Russian revolution 1891-1924 “ ?

A- Plan Of Investigation
The focus of the study is on the accounts of the storming of the winter palace on two types of information. The study focuses on the tragedy of October 1917.This will be connected to the analysis of the present day issue of peoples thoughts and opinions on the storming. I will look at the different interpretations of the storming on the winter palace. I will use several primary resources including the film “October” and the book “A people’s tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924”. I will also gather information from various authors on their different interpretations on the topic.

B- Summary Of Evidence :
October: Ten Days That Shook the World;  is a Soviet  film  premiered in 1928 by Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov, referred to simply as October in English. It is a celebratory dramatization of the 1917 October Revolution. The title is taken from John Reed's book on the Revolution, Ten Days That Shook The World.; A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924  is an award-winning book written by British historian Orlando Figes. First published in 1996, it inflects Russian history from the Famine of 1891-1892, the response to which, Figes argues, severely weakened the Russian Empire, to the death of Lenin in 1924, when "the basic elements of the Stalinist regime - the one-party state, the system of terror and the cult of the personality - were all in place". A People's Tragedy won the Wolfson History Prize, the WH Smith Literary Award, the NCR Book Award, the Longman/History Today Book Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. October has often been called a work of propaganda. Just as often, fiction. Characteristic, even typical of the attitude of historians is that of...
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