Edexcel GCSE History: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–41

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30 Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–41

In this module, students will cover the following topics in line with the Edexcel specifications booklet. Detailed information for the module can be found on page 38-39.

Topics include:

Key topic 1: The revolutions of 1917

  • 1 Russia in early 1917
  • 2 The February Revolution
  • 3 The Provisional Government
  • 4 The Bolshevik Revolution

Key topic 2: The Bolsheviks in power, 1917–24

  • 1 Early consolidation of power, 1917–18
  • 2 The Civil War, 1918–21
  • 3 Moves towards totalitarianism
  • 4 Economic and social change, 1918–24

Key topic 3: Stalin’s rise to power and dictatorship, 1924–41

  • 1 The struggle for power, 1924–28
  • 2 The use of terror in the 1930s
  • 3 Propaganda and censorship
  • 4 The Cult of Stalin

Key topic 4: Economic and social changes, 1924–41

  • 1 Agriculture and collectivisation
  • 2 Changes in industry
  • 3 Life in the Soviet Union
  • 4 The position of women and ethnic minorities

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