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February Revolution

Russia’s February Revolution Begins. On March 8, 1917, the female factory workers of Petrograd began striking and rioting in response to food shortages and government oppression. Other Petrograd residents soon joined in the demonstrations, which forced Czar Nicholas II to abdicate a week later.


Egor Yakovlev's a Russian historian talk/presentation on the abdication of Nicolas II and the February Revolution (English subtitles).

Russia, the February Revolution: wives of soldiers and sailors marching on the Duma (parliament). This Day in History: Mar 8, 1917: February Revolution begins


Barricades in Petrograd, Russia, during the February Revolution (1917). After the February Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II was forced to give up his throne to make room for a provisional government.

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March 8, 1917

MARCH 8, 1917: February Revolution began in Russia. It started in Petrograd with spontaneous strikes and riots. At the time Russia used the Julian calendar which dated March 8 as February 23, thus the name the February Revolution.


A 1917 photograph showing soldiers of the interim Russian government (after the February revolution but before the Bolshevik Revolution of October/November) posing with an awfully familiar looking armoured car. The word chalked on the side of the hood is "Freedom". This Day in History: Mar 8, 1917: February Revolution begins


Pavel Filonov (Russian 1883–1941) [Russian Avant-Garde, Analytical Realism] The February Revolution, 1924-1926. Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.


Petrograd on June 18, 1917. Demonstrators march down the streets carrying a banner demanding a Socialist government. This Day in History: Mar 8, 1917: February Revolution begins


The 1848 Revolution in France, sometimes known as the February Revolution (révolution de Février), was one of a wave of revolutions in 1848 in Europe. In France the revolutionary events ended the Orleans monarchy (1830–48) and led to the creation of the French Second Republic. Following the overthrow of King Louis Philippe in February, the elected government of the Second Republic ruled France. In the months that followed, this government steered a course that became more conservative.