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Russia and the USSR, 1855–1991
Autocracy and Dictatorship

ISBN 9780415335775
Published January 13, 2006 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

From a renowned name in A Level history publishing, this is a Questions and Analysis title on a major period in Russian History. With all three exam boards offering modules on this popular subject at A Level, this book is an absolute must-have.

Looking at the many different aspects of the period 1855–1991 that are covered in A Level history, Stephen J. Lee examines and compares:

  • the ideologies of Tsarist autocracy and Soviet communism
  • parties and opposition to these regimes
  • the use of repression and terror
  • agriculture
  • industry
  • the class structure
  • the 1917 revolution
  • the impact of the First and Second World Wars on Russia.

Key elements of this book include:

  • each topic/issue forms a well-structured chapter: background; analysis; sources with questions; worked answers
  • a prominent historiography section – an important element of the new A2 history assessment
  • an incorporated A2 synoptic approach that teaches students to draw together their entire range of knowledge and skills to study one topic
  • guidance on how to answer the recently-introduced synoptic questions.

Involving the importance of understanding the connections between the essential characteristics of historical study, this key title is the one-stop shop for all history teachers and students.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations  Introduction  Outline Chronology  1. Ideologies and Regimes  2. Constitutional Development  3. Political Parties  4. Repression and Terror  5. The Nationalities  6. The Impact of War  7. Agriculture and Industry  8. The Social Classes  Notes  Select Bibliography

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Stephen J. Lee is Head of History at Bromsgrove School. His many publications include European Dictatorships (2nd edition, 2000) and, in this series, Gladstone and Disraeli (2005) and Lenin and Revolutionary Russia (2003).