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Views on the Russian Revolution Introduction : As with all political uprisings, some are happy with change while others fear it. Read these two excerpts from the Russian countryside describing news of the October Revolution . “News of the revolutionary uprising of October 25, 1917, reached the village the following day and was greeted with enthusiasm; to the peasants it meant free land and an end to the war. The day the news arrived, the landowner’s manor house was looted, his stock farms were ‘requisitioned’ and his vast orchard was cut down and sold to the peasants for wood; all his far buildings were torn down and left in ruins while the land was distributed among the peasants who were prepared to live the new Soviet life.” Source: Fedor Belov, The History of a Soviet Collective Farm A member of a landowning family wrote to a relative about what happened at the estate: “The ‘coup’ happened quite painlessly, quietly and peacefully. The first days were unbearable... Mikhail Mikhailovich [the estate owner] was calm...The girls also, I must say the

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