Welcome to the Russian dictatorships section of the site.

Those of you who used the old site will know it as predominantly a vehicle to discuss Russian history. These pages are designed to support Little Heath A2 students studying for their summer examination. Our examination board is OCR, and the paper is Russia and its rulers 1855 – 1964. The paper code is Y318.

As before, we envisage that different students will use different parts of the site in different ways. Most students find the schemes of work and assessment sections above as particularly useful for reference. You should however also look at the additional materials section. This has lots in it to support and extend your studies. Look for example at the excellent quotation bank from a previous student. Below this post will be articles of news about Russian history. You will also see posts here that will be used for online discussion homeworks where we will want you to add (ideally constructive) comments.

Above all however, we want this to be your site. However you use it is fine, but please take ownership of it.

Mr Kydd


Oh and just for old times sake, here are two top historians (Mr Jarrett and me circa 2030 ?) debating the origins of the Russian Revolution – perhaps…

Please find here the department’s 5Rs document (Research, Reflect, Review, Read around, and Respond to feedback). It sets out what A Levels students should expect from us, and what we expect from you.

Finally,  this is a complete list of all the past questions from the old course. However, students are reminded that the latest Ofqual pronouncements on examinations which instructed the boards that;

  • All parts of the course must be examined.
  • No question should be (exactly) repeated.

You class teacher will discuss what this means for your revision with you. Perhaps more useful in essay planning is this revision work booklet.

Mr Kydd.

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Enrichment – something to watch – Khrushchev documentaries

Those Khrushchev documentaries as promised.

Robert Conquest. (20mins)

The Secret Speech and reaction ( 2mins and 10mins)

After Stalin (Cold War series – excellent on the take over of Eastern Europe)

American documentary

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Enrichment – something to watch – In the shadow of Red October (BBC)

A nice bit of enrichment for those of you studying the Russia course.  The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg travelled across Russia to find out what Russians today think about the October Revolution.

See what you think.

Mr Kydd.

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To what extent is it correct to suggest that economic change was only successful under the Communists ?

From today’s lesson.


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Interactive graphic: 100th anniversary of Russia’s October revolution

RussianGeneralSergeiRudskoiOct2016_largeIf you here you will get to an article from the Irish Examiner to mark the centenary of the October Revolution – it has a handy interactive graphic / chronology of  the key events of 1917. As such it is a useful introduction / reference tool for us.

Mr Kydd.

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Enrichment – things to watch – Russia 1917 – countdown to revolution

Lenin2_0Year Thirteen,

If you click here you will get to the excellent BBC documentary Russia 1917 – countdown to revolution. It is excellent. Please do watch it. Seventeen days left to watch.

Mr Kydd.

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Enrichment – Something to listen to and something to read…

Something to listen to / download. The excellent Wild East Radio 4 series – Martin Sixsmith

tlottsAnd something to listen to. Click here to read The Guardian’s review of Robert Service’s Last of the Tsars

“Service takes pains over his tsar, presenting a fastidious Nicholas, a nervous man of simple tastes who liked to dine on beetroot soup, not stuffed peacocks and caviar. He constantly put duty first, but lacked the flexibility of mind to steer his country in a crisis, let alone the first world war. “His actions,” Service concludes, “were those of a ruler who always thought he was right.” That stubbornness would blind him to his people’s suffering and growing rage. Even as he signed his abdication papers he dreamed that his future might resemble an extended Crimean holiday, complete with family and faithful staff…”

I have a copy if anyone wants to borrow it.

Mr Kydd.

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Summer work – things to watch and places to go

After your reading and noting from Satterwaite, you have two other Russia related tasks…

  1. Watch the following excellent videos – for each make a max of 1 side of A4 notes. These will be taken in by me.


2. Visit the excellent Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths exhibition at the British Library (closes Tue 29 Aug 2017).

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If you click here you will get to the link for the Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths exhibition at the British Library (closes Tue 29 Aug 2017). Obviously  it is to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and looks great. I want you go and visit it, and post your thoughts below.

From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on.

With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict – from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda – this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Also on display for the first time, from the British Library’s own archive: Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass.

Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Did events in Russia in 1917 transform the international landscape forever? Did they shape the world we live in today?

Bringing to life the hope, tragedy and myths of this seismic revolution, discover Russia 1917 – the biggest flame in a world on fire.

Mr Kydd.

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Repression work from today.





Mr Kydd.

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The significance of the First World War – comparison lesson

war board

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The World at War – Stalingrad

For those of you that missed it.


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