The Revolution Is Here

By: Brandon Farren


Since the beginning of time civilizations have had revolutions. A revolution is a fundamental change in a government over a short period of time. For example the american revolution is when the united states was still controlled by the united kingdom and the U.S. revolted from the monarch government. Another example is the French revolution and this was when the french government was a monarch and the citizens revolted to force to government to constitutional monarchy. Last but not least there is the October revolution which the Russian government was changed to a soviet country.

Great October Socialist Revolution, this was a political revolution and part of the Russian Revolution of 1917. It took place with an armed insurrection in Petrograd on 25th October, 1917 which corresponds with 7th November, 1917. It was the second phase of the Russian Revolution, after the February Revolution of the same year. The October Revolution in Petrograd overthrew the Russian Provisional Government and gave the power to the local soviets dominated by Bolsheviks. The revolution was not universally recognized outside of Petrograd and further struggles followed. This resulted in the Russian Civil War and the creation of the Soviet Union in 1922.

The American Revolution initiated a series of social, political and intellectual transformations in early American society and government. Americans rejected the oligarchies common in aristocratic Europe at the time championing instead the development of republicanism based on the Enlightenment understanding of liberalism. Among the significant results of the revolution was the creation of a representative government responsible to the will of the people. However, sharp political debates erupted over the appropriate level of democracy desirable in the new government, with a number of Founders fearing mob rule. Many fundamental issues of national governance were settled with the ratification of the Constitution of the United States in 1788.

The modern era has unfolded in the shadow of the French Revolution. The growth of republics and liberal democracies the spread of secularism, the development of modern ideologies and the invention of total war all mark their birth with the Revolution. Subsequent events whose roots can be traced back to the Revolution include the Napoleonic Wars two separate restorations of the monarchy and two additional revolutions as modern France took shape. During the following century France would be governed at one point or another as a republic as a constitutional monarchy and as two different empires.