Heidelberg Library Resources on Russian Revolution

Russian revolution is not similar to any other revolution; it was a coordinated planned revolution and the culmination of series of protests, political reformations and civil insurrection succeeded in 1917. Each one of these events that led to the Russian Revolution have their own kind of story, full of mystery, intrigue and drama. There are many fictions, movies, articles, documentaries and scholarly content on Russian Revolution and you may have seen or read some of them. But how can you determine if the information you have retained from watching a movie about the Russian Revolution is based on the truth? How can you evaluate your source of information and identify the most valid and reliable source from those that contain biased or flawed information?

In the first session of our Dissertation Workshops held on September 20 in the computer lab, students learned how to understand if a particular source can be used in their academic paper. This interactive workshop primarily helps the Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy students to find and evaluate primary and secondary sources of information on political science and international relations.

For instance you may look for primary sources to find photos of Battle of Tsushima and a museum archive can give you access to non-interpreted or unanalyzed picture of this battle:

(source: https://archive.org/details/battleofseaofjap00klad)

If you intend to study a map from the Empire of the Tsars, you may find Eropeana.eu very helpful:


Secondary sources can tell you the story of the Russian Revolution more steps removed from the original photos or museum archived documents. You can use LIRN to get access to the scientific databases and find scholarly or peer-reviewed articles on Russian Revolution.

Rasputin’s hypnotic powers, his influence on the last Russian’s Tsar and his brutal demise have been always one of the most fascinating side-stories of the Russian Revolution. You may be wondering what the truth about Rasputin mythology is. The following article available on Lirn.net can be absorbing for you:

Pares, B. (1927). Rasputin and the empress: Authors of the russian collapse. Foreign Affairs (Pre-1986), 6(000001), 140.

If you need guidance on using e-Resources and finding more material on Russian Revolution, or you want to attend the next Dissertation Workshop, please contact your Librarian. You can also use other libraries’ resources that we provide you for free through the Inter-library loan services.

Please send an email to Ms. Leili Erfanian for more information.

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On the topic of the Russian revolution, see also a brief comment on “A People’s Tragedy” – a major classic on the subject – and a short portrait of one of its less known actors, Alexander Kerensky.