July Days 1917



What happened?

  • Took place from 3-7 July 1917 in Petrograd, Russia.
  • Kronstadt sailors organised their own armed uprising using Bolshevik slogans

How did this affect Lenin?

  • Lenin could neither turn the sailors away, as they were demonstrating in his name, nor encourage them, as he was not yet ready to carry out a revolution. He was placed in a very difficult position, where any decision he took would have major disadvantages for the political advancement of the party.

How did the Bolsheviks react to the July Days?

  • They tried to turn it into a peaceful revolution, but shots were fired at the demonstrators, causing uncontrolled rioting…


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