The Decembrists: Revolt Against the Tsar

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This is the story of the Decembrist revolt of 1825, in which a group of army officers tried to change the course of Russian history by overturning the country’s traditional systems of autocratic government and serfdom. In St.Petersburg, the chaos of the interregnum following Emperor Alexander’s death was exploited by the Decembrists, who attempted to launch a military coup. While in Ukraine, the Decembrists’ Southern Society planned its own military revolt. This video follows the course of both risings, the aftermath, and how future Russian reformers and revolutionaries viewed the Decembrist revolt.

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  1. Welcome to the second and final part of our Decembrists series, in which we cover the revolts themselves, both in St.Petersburg and Ukraine. Hope you enjoy. Get your MyHeritage free trial and 50% discount here: And don't forget to visit our Patreon page for early access, exclusive updates and votes on future series!

  2. Fascinating story, thanks for unpacking a story I have never heard of. Loved this mini-series, cannot wait for 1848!

  3. Fascinating!! Love it !! This event was a precursor to the Russian revolution decades later !! It was not in vain. I don鈥檛 believe questioning the czar, questioning and challenging the very foundation of monarchy just goes away. Just like in modern times, the question of socialism never goes away. People re-discover these ideas and concepts and they challenge traditional narratives about the history !

  4. Kudos Toby on another brilliant video! Beautiful artwork throughout the video added a wonderful perspective to the story being told!

  5. The abolition of censorship would鈥檝e been one of the biggest changes in history for future Russia. I wonder what it would look like today if this revolution had succeeded.

  6. Finally, this is out. I've been waiting for this since the end of my classes, and now I get to watch it stress-free! Always a good historical documentary, Epic History TV!馃挴馃挴

  7. As always, Epic History TV delivers.

    But I also suggest Star Media's docudrama episode on Nicholas I that's available on YT. It's fascinatingly well done with an epic narrator that rivals Mr. Nove.

  8. To weld the people into one single unconquerable and all-destructive force 鈥 this is our aim, our conspiracy, and our task.

  9. 协褌芯 锌褉械泻褉邪褋薪褘泄 褉邪褋褋泻邪蟹, 褋芯蟹写邪薪薪褘泄 褋芯胁屑械褋褌薪芯. 袨褔械薪褜 褏芯褉芯褕邪褟 褉邪斜芯褌邪.

  10. Such a tragic story, and a potential turning point of history. Just imagine how different 19th century Europe would've turned out if the Russians hadn't kept crushing liberal revolutions in central Europe


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