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- The role of the Tsar, Nicholas II, (and Tsarina Alexandra?)
- A critique of Tsarist Russia – in general – leading to the Revolutions
- The roles of prominent characters associated with the Revolution:
- The 1905 Revolution
- The effect of Russia’s involvement in WWI
- The dynamic/power struggle between the Provisional Govt. and the Petrograd Soviet during 1917
- The Russian Civil War (Reds v Whites)
- The ultimate Bolshevik victory – why did it occur?
The above is not a finite list - if you have another request then pass it by your teacher for approval.
"The Russian-Japanese War of 1904-1905, caused by Russian and Japanese expansionism in the Far East, inflicted humiliating defeats on Russia at land and sea. The war contributed to domestic unrest in both countries, catalysing the revolution of 1905 in Russia.
- Bloody Sunday (Britannica, n.d.)
- Causes of the 1905 Revolution (BBC Bitesize, n.d.)
"Long term economic and political discontent led to the 1905 revolution. Defeat by Japan brought the Tsar's rule into question. The Bloody Sunday massacre was an important short term cause." BBC Bitesize, n.d.)
- Revolution of 1905 (Russian Empire) (Peeling, 2014)
"Social and political unrest swept the Russian Empire in 1905, forcing the autocratic tsarist regime to grant the creation of a popularly-elected legislative body; the State Duma. However, the army remained largely loyal to the Tsar, unlike in the wartime conditions of 1917, and the regime did not topple." (Peeling, 2014)
- Russian Revolution of 1905 (Britannica High, n.d.)
"Russian Revolution of 1905, uprising that was instrumental in convincing Tsar Nicholas II to attempt the transformation of the Russian government from an autocracy into a constitutional monarchy." ("Russian Revolution of 1905", n.d.)
- Why was there a Revolution in 1905? (Figes, 2014)
"The Russian revolution did not start with the peasantry or the industrial working class. It began with the liberal opposition movement of the middle classes and nobility whose demands for political reform in 1903-4 opened up a revolutionary front against the autocracy."
Alpha History: Russian Revolution Documents
This is a solid collection of primary documents from 1917 as well as a detailed chronology of events.
Online repository of historical images, cartoons and posters.
Seventeen Moments in Soviet History
This is a collection of primary and multi-media materials relating to 17 key moments in the history of the Soviet Union from 1917-1991. Each section contains an introductory essay plus access to digitised government documents, photographs and multi-media clips. Links are also provided to related web sites.
The Deepening of the Russian Revolution 1917
This is a good source for both online and print primary documents about the 1917 Revolution. One of the most engaging aspects of this site for student is the interactive parallel timelines for workers, peasants, soldiers and activists.
Eyewitness Accounts: Visitors to Soviet Russia 1917-1928
A series of reports, photographs and other documents of eye witness accounts of the early years of the Soviet Union by foreign visitors.
Time Magazine: The Bolshevik October Revolution in Pictures
Time magazine’s compelling photo essay allows students to see the events of 1917 through the lens of gorgeous black and white photos taken during the Revolution.
Sources of Evidence
An online teaching module on 1917 with a great section of primary sources including revolutionary songs, pictures and maps.
BBC Library Catalogue - Oliver
The Oliver library catalogue is your go-to spot for searching library resources (books, eBooks, websites, DVDs). You do not need to login to search; however, if you do, you have extra functions available such as the ability to reserve books and reborrow items.
OneSearch Database Articles
The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Library can now be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites. Click HERE for assistance.
Source Analysis and Evaluation Skills
MyBib Referencing Generator
MyBib is an online referencing generator to help you with in text references and your List of References.
Sign up for an account so that it will store the references for your assignment. Add it to your bookmark bar to find it quickly.
Install the Chrome extension to make your referencing even faster.
Make sure in your Reference List has a corresponding In-Text citation in the body of your essay.
Useful Ebooks from the Library Catalogue
The Russian Revolution by
Relates the circumstances that led to the end of the Romanov Dynasty and the Russian aristocracy, the heartrending struggles of the peasants, the violence and bloodshed of the revolution, and the rise of the new social order and its far-reaching consequences that continue to be felt in Russia today
Examines Alexander II's life and reign, and the lives of his children, including his successor Tsar Alexander III, whose determination to purge the empire of all terrorism and protect the autocracy brought more violence in his wake. It also recounts the lives of the Tsar's children.
To Kill Rasputin
Grigori Rasputin is probably one of the best-known but least understood figures in the events that ultimately led to the downfall of the Russian tsars. His political role as the power behind the throne is obscured today, as it was then, by the fascination with his morality and private life.
Read the last chapter, 'The Aftermath' to gain a clearer picture of his role in the downfall of the Romanovs.
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