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Narrative and Explanation

  • Tsarist Russia, 1856-1914
  • War and revolution, 1914-21
  • Stalin's USSR, 1921-53
  • Reform and stagnation, 1953-85

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Analysis and Interpretation Part 1: Tsarist and revolutionary Russia, 1856-1924

  • How significant were the reforms of Alexander II?
  • To what extent were movements for reform and revolution a threat to the tsarist regimes before 1905?
  • How significant was economic and social change in Russia before 1914?
  • How stable was the tsarist regime in 1914?
  • Why was Russia's performance in the First World War so disastrous?
  • Why were there two revolutions in Russia in 1917?
  • How and why did Lenin succeed in staying in power between 1917 and 1924?

Part 2: Stalinist Russia, 1924-53

  • How did Stalin become leader of the USSR by 1929?
  • How fundamentally was the USSR changed by the Stalinist revolution of 1928-41?
  • Why did a totalitarian regime develop in the USSR by 1941?
  • What impact did the war of 1941-5 have on the USSR?
  • What was the overall impact of Stalin on the development of the USSR?

Part 3: Post-Stalinist Russia, 1953-85

  • How successful a reformer was Khrushchev?
  • What was the extent of destalinisation?
  • Why was the period after Khrushchev a time of stagnation?
  • Why did the USSR eventually break up?
  • To what extent had Russia modernised between 1856 and 1985?

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