CIE IGCSE History: Russia, 1905–41

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History: Russia, 1905–41

In this module, the following topics will be covered in depth:

Key topic 1: Why did the Tsarist regime collapse in 1917?

  • How well did the Tsarist regime deal with the difficulties of ruling Russia up to 1914?
  • How did the Tsar survive the 1905 Revolution?
  • How far was the Tsar weakened by the First World War?
  • Why was the revolution of March 1917 successful?

Key topic 2: How did the Bolsheviks gain power, and how did they consolidate their rule?

  • How effectively did the Provisional Government rule Russia in 1917?
  • Why were the Bolsheviks able to seize power in November 1917?
  • Why did the Bolsheviks win the Civil War?
  • How far was the New Economic Policy a success?

Key topic 3: How did Stalin gain and hold on to power?

  • Why did Stalin, and not Trotsky, emerge as Lenin’s successor?
  • Why did Stalin launch the Purges?
  • What methods did Stalin use to control the Soviet Union?
  • How complete was Stalin’s control over the Soviet Union by 1941?

Key topic 4: What was the impact of Stalin’s economic policies?

  • Why did Stalin introduce the Five-Year Plans?
  • Why did Stalin introduce collectivisation?
  • How successful were Stalin’s economic changes?
  • How were the Soviet people affected by these changes?

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