LUCY WORSLEY’S ROYAL MYTHS & Secrets: The Romanovs & The Russian Revolution

Premieres Sunday, Sept.12, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS Tv set / On Demand

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Previously mentioned: Lucy Worsley in Tsarina costume outside the house Chiswick Property.

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.

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The October Revolution of 1917 has absent down in historical past as the only Russian Revolution that actually mattered. But Lucy Worsley reveals that the before revolution in February that yr was downplayed in Bolshevik history guides and films in spite of the actuality that it was the certainly spontaneous popular uprising that swept the Czar from electricity.

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.

The Czar’s Abdication

With the chance of Russia getting overrun by Germany and phone calls for a republic, Nicholas must make your mind up regardless of whether he would like to abdicate, ending 300 many years of Romanov rule.

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.

The Execution of the Romanovs

Inside of their jail known as the House for Unique Applications, the Romanov family is brought down to the basement in which they are achieved with bullets and bayonets.

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