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 Historical Themes – Option B: Modern 1789 – 1997. The paper code is F966/02, and we are studying Russia from 1855 to 1964.
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 particualrly 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.
Oh and just for old times sake, here are two top historians (Mr Podesta and me circa 2030 ?) debating the Sevastopol mutiny of 1905 – 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 new course. However, students are reminded thar 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.
As I am no longer teaching this course I will not be posting on these Russia pages from now on. I will however leave them open in case they are of use to anyone.
Click here for a super Yahoo News article on Nikita Khrushchev. It is a good summary of his decade in charge of the USSR and the Secret Speech.
“The miner’s son, who rose to prominence while serving in the defence of Stalingrad during World War II, would later denounce his former boss as a murderous dictator. The new Communist Party boss first took a swipe at Stalin’s personality cult, which he claimed had reached ‘monstrous size’ and transformed him into a ‘godhead’.”
I know some of you have expressed a (fairly enthusiastic) liking for the (NOT Disney) film Anastasia, which if we’re looking for historical accuracy is really not a winner. However, the BBC have made a documentary that is probably more informative if you are interested in the lives and fate of Nicholas II’s daughters. It certainly helps give a sense of Russia at the time, and I always find it helpful to be able to picture what we’re talking about in lessons.
The first one was this evening and the second one is on Tuesday.
Please find Michael’s excellent example of reading and note taking on the left. Again, whilst you need to develop your own style and approach, this shows the five steps very clearly.
This episode of the excellenty oral history series looks at the establishment of Communism under Lenin and Stalin. A super introduction to this part of the course. You should think about continuity and change with Tsarism.
As promised your group “perfect paragraphs” with our feedback can be found below for future reference. You may like to look at the other set’s efforts as well.
Geography of disunity –
Prison of peoples -
Geography of disunity -
Prison of peoples –
Please click here for an article form the Independent describing Lenin’s arrival in Russia in 1917. It is part of “history of the First World War in 100 moments series. An extract is included below…
“The train that pulled out of the station at 3.10pm on the afternoon of Monday 9 April was like a missile, launched by the Germans, that would travel the long way around Europe to Russia, where it would deliver its incendiary human payload: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.”
I trust that the revision continue well. I am getting a steady stream of essay plans, and of course I am happy to look at anything you want me to. It was great to see so many of you at the revision conference on Wednesday. The powerpoint can be found here and the grouped past questions canbe found here.
If all of the present developments between “Russian” Ukraine and “Ukrainian” Ukraine are hard to follow, then you might like to have a looks at the following. Here you can see a map to show how Ukrainian statues have been destroyed. Broadly it follows ethnic lines. This BBC report and this BBC magazine article explain the long history of idolatory in Russian and Soviet history.
One final point – Lenin of course was of Tartar origin…
Please click here for an article from RUSSIA – beyond the headlines. It discusses modern views of Lenin, and the never-ending question of what to do with his body.
“Today’s generation of Russians have rather mixed feelings when it comes to the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution . The issue of burying Lenin’s body, which is still kept in a mausoleum in Red Square, comes up again and again. For the older generation, however, he remains an important historical figure, whereas young people are often unable to tell him from a comic book hero”.
Have a read and see what you think. It touches on the question – how much is a historian’s views of the past informed by the time in which he or she lives ? If this interests you, then search for my comments on AJP Taylor on the main site.