190211 History Talk: Lenin, Rasputin and the fall of the Romanovs

Date: 11th February 2019 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: Lenin, Rasputin and the fall of the Romanovs

Lecturer: Alan Rustage

Russian Revolution

In 1914 Russia was a huge country (it was nearly 10,000 km St Petersburg to Vladivostock) with a population nearly four times that of Great Britain’s. It was backward and autocratic and, according to Karl Marx, the last place in Europe there could possibly be a revolution. Even Lenin, who led that revolution, did not think it would survive for more than a few weeks.

This talk will attempt to explain how it happened by focussing on the main players: Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra, who bought all their furniture mass produced from London, and had their son carried everywhere by a seven foot sailor; Rasputin, the semi-literate holy man from Siberia, famous for his drinking and womanising, but who effectively ran Russia once the Tsar was at the Front; Prince Felix Yusupov, the rake and roué who killed Rasputin; and Vladimir Lenin, driven by a cold determination to overthrow the system which had been responsible for the death of his brother.

The Romanovs

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