OCR GCSE History: Russia, 1928–1964

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A1:4 Russia, 1928–1964

This depth study focuses on the relationship between the Russian people and the Communist regimes that ruled Russia from 1928–1964. Learners will need to be familiar with the key issues specified in the introduction to the non-British depth studies on page 14 of the specification. These issues will be assessed.

Stalin’s Russia 1928–1941

  • The abandonment of the NEP;
  • Collectivisation, including reasons for the policy, resistance to it and its effects;
  • The Five-Year Plans, including reasons for the policy, attitudes towards it, and its effects;
  • The return of conservative social policy, including education, marriage, the effect on nationalism and policies towards religion;
  • Use of propaganda;
  • The cult of Stalin;
  • Youth organisations;
  • Repression, including the early purges, Show Trials, the Great Purge.

The Great Patriotic War and its effects 1941–1953

  • The effects of the German invasion of the USSR in 1941, including the Siege of Leningrad, the Soviet war effort, the effect of war on industrial production and workers, wartime propaganda, the rise of nationalism and the effect of war on minorities including Ukrainians and Jews;
  • Damage done to the Soviet Union;
  • Post-war purges and treatment of returning prisoners;
  • New Five-Year Plan;
  • Government clampdown on Western cultural influence.

Khrushchev’s Russia 1953–1964

  • Khrushchev’s more liberal policies, including the Secret Speech and its effects in Russia, the relaxation of censorship, the release of political prisoners, reform of labour camps, prisons and judicial system and new laws against corruption;
  • Continuing oppression, including the creation and actions of the KGB and attacks on the Orthodox Church;
  • Economic and social policies, including the decentralisation of agriculture, changes to kolkhozy and state farms, the reasons for and effect of Virgin Lands policy, new Five-Year Plans and focus on consumer goods;
  • Changes in living standards, changes to compulsory education and extension of higher education.

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This module download also includes the following teaching resources:

  • Module 1 Causes Of Collectivisation Statements (pdf)
  • Module 1 Causes Of Collectivisation Statements (docx)
  • Module 1 Collectivisation (pptx)
  • Module 1 Cult Of Personality And Propaganda (pptx)
  • Module 1 Five Year Plans (pdf)
  • Module 1 Five Year Plans (doc)
  • Module 1 Josef Stalin Facebook Homework (ppt)
  • Module 1 Josef Stalin Facebook Homework (pdf)
  • Module 1 Lenin Dies (pptx)
  • Module 1 Lenin S Funeral Moscow 1924 (mp4)
  • Module 1 Life In The Soviet Union (pdf)
  • Module 1 Life In The Soviet Union (doc)
  • Module 1 New Economic Policy (doc)
  • Module 1 New Economic Policy (pdf)
  • Module 1 New Economic Policy Comprehension Sheet (doc)
  • Module 1 New Economic Policy Comprehension Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 1 Russian Economic Policies (pptx)
  • Module 1 Stalin Purges Enemies And Friends Alike (mp4)
  • Module 1 Stalin S Apparatus Of Terror Chart (pdf)
  • Module 1 Stalin S Apparatus Of Terror Chart (docx)
  • Module 1 Stalin S Terror (pptx)
  • Module 1 Stalin- The Purges (mp4)
  • Module 1 Terror Information Sheet (pdf)
  • Module 1 Terror Information Sheet (doc)
  • Module 1 Terrors Worksheet (doc)
  • Module 1 Terrors Worksheet (pdf)
  • Module 1 The Kronstadt Uprising (mp4)
  • Module 1 War Communism (mp4)
  • Module 1 War Communism Principles Chart (pdf)
  • Module 1 War Communism Principles Chart (docx)
  • Module 1 What Was Lenin S New Economic Policy- Ap Euro Bit By Bit 40 (mp4)
  • Module 1 Women In Soviet Russia Information (pdf)
  • Module 1 Women In Stalin S Russia (pptx)
  • Module 1 Women Table (pdf)
  • Module 1 Women Table (doc)
  • Module 1- Lenin S Economic Policy- From War Communism To Nep (mp4)
  • Module 1- To What Extent Was Collectivisation A Success Revision Notes (docx)
  • Module 1- To What Extent Was Collectivisation A Success Revision Notes (pdf)
  • Module 2 Cost Of Wwii (doc)
  • Module 2 Cost Of Wwii (pdf)
  • Module 2 Effect Of Wwii On Ukrainians (pdf)
  • Module 2 Effect Of Wwii On Ukrainians (docx)
  • Module 2 Post Wwii Clampdown On Western Culture Glue In Sheets (pdf)
  • Module 2 Post Wwii Clampdown On Western Culture Glue In Sheets (docx)
  • Module 2 Reasons Why Russia Was So Unprepared For Wwii (docx)
  • Module 2 Reasons Why Russia Was So Unprepared For Wwii (pdf)
  • Module 2 Russia And Wwii (pptx)
  • Module 2 Russia And Wwii Posters (pdf)
  • Module 2 Russia And Wwii Posters (pptx)
  • Module 2 Siege Of Leningrad (mp4)
  • Module 2 Stalin And Wwii (pptx)
  • Module 2 Stalin And Wwii (docx)
  • Module 2 Stalin And Wwii (pdf)
  • Module 2 The Course Of Wwii (pdf)
  • Module 2 The Course Of Wwii (docx)
  • Module 2 The New 5 Year Plans (pdf)
  • Module 2 The New 5 Year Plans (docx)
  • Module 3 -25th February 1956- Khruschev Criticises Stalin In His Secret Speech (mp4)
  • Module 3 Cultivation Of The Virgin Lands 1954 (mp4)
  • Module 3 Did Khrushchev Significantly Improve Living Conditions For The Soviet People (pdf)
  • Module 3 Did Khrushchev Significantly Improve Living Conditions For The Soviet People (docx)
  • Module 3 Group Packs (pdf)
  • Module 3 Group Packs (pptx)
  • Module 3 How Significantly Did Khrushchev Improve The Soviet Union (docx)
  • Module 3 How Significantly Did Khrushchev Improve The Soviet Union (pdf)
  • Module 3 Hungarian Uprising (pptx)
  • Module 3 Khrushchev S Secret Speech (pdf)
  • Module 3 Khrushchev S Secret Speech (docx)
  • Module 3 Robert Wood Article (pdf)
  • Module 3 Robert Wood Article Tasks (pdf)
  • Module 3 Robert Wood Article Tasks (docx)
  • Module 3 Russian Life Under Khrushchev (pptx)
  • Module 3 Russian Life Under Khrushchev Info Hunt (pdf)
  • Module 3 Russian Life Under Khrushchev Info Hunt (pptx)
  • Module 3 Russian Life Under Khrushchev Table Info (pptx)
  • Module 3 Russian Life Under Khrushchev Table Info (pdf)
  • Module 3 Soviet Treatment Of Returning Russian Pows (docx)
  • Module 3 Soviet Treatment Of Returning Russian Pows (pdf)
  • Module 3 The Creation And Purpose Of The Kgb (pptx)
  • Module 3 Virgin Lands Campaign Top 11 Facts (mp4)
  • Module 3 What Was The Kgb And Why Was It So Feared- (mp4)
  • OCR GCSE History Exam Booklets (zip)