Premieres Sunday, Sept.12, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS Tv set / On Demand
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Contrary to the oft-told story of the Russian Revolution — that Lenin and the Bolsheviks swept the Czar from electric power in Oct 1917 and Communism was born — Lucy Worsley reveals that a group of females workers basically started off the revolution in February 1917.
The Czar, pressured to abdicate prolonged before the Bolsheviks took command, was betrayed by his cousin, King George V, who opposed the British government’s supply of asylum. That offer you, Lucy reveals, would have saved the life of the Czar and his family, a fatal mystery that was stored for many years.
She explores how the Bolsheviks applied movies and textbooks to glorify the October Revolution, though belittling the February Revolution as irrelevant and bourgeois. When Lenin died in 1924, Stalin faked his way to the top rated, bolstering his declare to be Lenin’s picked out successor by getting his graphic inserted into pictures.
But royal background is usually getting rewritten to go well with those who are telling it. In the final 30 several years, the Romanov household has designed a amazing comeback. As Vladimir Putin styles his individual narrative, the Czar and his loved ones are now commemorated as martyrs, and the Russian Revolution and Lenin are marginalized.
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