Russia Under Tsarism & Communism, 1881-1953
By Chris Corin & Terry Fiehn
Distributed by the Trans-Atlantic Publications
402 Pages, Illusrated
$58.50 Paper original
The series: SHP Advanced History Core Texts cover the key periods studied in Advanced Level History.
- clear and penetrating narrative - comprehensively explaining the content required for examination success
- thought provoking and relevant activities that explore the content and help students think analytically about the subject
- thorough exam preparation through carefully designed tasks that address the distinctive requirements of Advanced Level history
- a wide range of revision strategies including structured content summaries
Additional features include:
- A focus route pathway for independent learners
- Learning Trouble Spots - which address common misunderstandings
- diagrammatic summaries of key areas of content and historical issues
- accessible summaries of recent historical debates.
This volume is a comprehensive advanced core text on Russia from 1881 to the death of Stalin. It is a second edition of the bestselling Communist Russia under Lenin and Stalin. This second edition is extended to cover the Tsarist pre-revolutionary period. It offers students an insight into
- the nature of Tsarist rule in Russia and the causes and consequences of the 1905 revolution;
- the causes and consequences of the Russian Revolution in 1917;
- the nature, the achievements and failures of Lenin's and Stalin's Communist regimes;
- the ongoing historiographical debate about this period and the current reinterpretations of it.
Other improvements for this second edition include more streamlined coverage of Stalin's foreign policy.
- Comprehensive coverage of the key content, the key concepts and the key exam skills to improve students grades
- Carefully constructed tasks encourage analysis and understanding of key issues
- 'Focus route' pathway designed specifically for independent learning to help students to make their own notes
- Clear diagrams summarise important or difficult concepts in a memorable way
- A wealth of stimulating source material - visual and written - both enhances the text but also develops skills of research and source interrogation
- Accessible analysis of recent historical debates which students can refer to in their examination essays
'Learning Trouble Spots' guide readers through some of the most common mistakes made by students as they study this period
Table of Contents:
SECTION 1: WHY DID THE TSARIST REGIME COLLAPSE IN 1917?
What were the challenges facing the tsarist regime at the end of the nineteenth century?
Could Tsarism have survived? 1906–1917
SECTION 2: WHY WERE THE BOLSHEVIKS SUCCESSFUL IN OCTOBER 1917?
Was the Provisional Government doomed from the beginning?
Was the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 inevitable?
SECTION 3: THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE BOLSHEVIK STATE 1917–24
How did the Bolsheviks survive the first few months in power?
How did the Bolsheviks win the Civil War?
How was the Bolshevik state consolidated between 1921 and 1924?
SECTION 4: FROM LENIN TO STALIN
How significant is Lenin’s contribution to history?
How did Stalin emerge as the sole leader of Russia?
SECTION 5: HOW DID STALIN TRANSFORM THE ECONOMY OF THE USSR IN THE 1930S?
Why did Stalin make the Great Turn?
Was collectivisation a success?
How well planned were the Five-Year Plans?
SECTION 6: HOW DID STALIN CONTROL THE USSR?
How far was Stalin responsible for the Great Terror?
The cult of the personality
SECTION 7: SOVIET SOCIETY IN THE 1920S AND 1930S
Were Soviet culture and society transformed by the October Revolution?
Culture and society in a decade of turmoil
SECTION 8: FROM PARIAH TO SAVIOUR: THE SOVIET UNION AND EUROPE 1921–1945
Alone in a hostile world: how did Soviet foreign policy develop between 1921 and 1941?
How was the Soviet Union able to turn disaster into victory in the Great Patriotic War?
SECTION 9: STALIN'S FINAL YEARS AND CONCLUSION
Stalin’s final years 1945–53
Series Editor: Ian Dawson, creator of www.thinkinghistory.co.uk and an acclaimed A Level teacher, author and trainer
Advanced level students
Review of the first edition:
'This is a great book. You might have read Ron Grant's review of Hite and Hinton's Weimar and Nazi Germany in the same series. This is written at the same cracking standard.'
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