Russian and Soviet
GCSE students studying the History of Russia study one, or two
units on the history of Russia and / or the Soviet Union.
For students following the EdExcel GCSE in Modern World history
these units are:
A4 - The rise and fall of the communist state: The soviet Union,
B1 - The Russian Revolution, c1910-1924
Watch the video (to the left) to get an overview of key events
in Russian / Soviet history between 1905 and 1991.
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and text relating to aspects of Rssian and Soviet history. These can be
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section of schoolshistory.org.uk.
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A4 – The Rise and Fall of the Communist State: The Soviet
Through the content specified below, candidates should develop an overview
of the following:
• the development of
• t he impact of
Communist rule upon the peoples of the Soviet Union
• the failure of reform
and the decline of the Communist state.
The nature of Stalin’s
• Changes in industry
and agriculture and their impact: the changing
role of women.
attempts at modernisation.
• The decline and fall
of the Communist state: the role of Gorbachev.
B1 – The Russian Revolution, c1910–24
This study will focus on: the impact of the war on Tsarist Russia; the
events of 1917; the impact
of Bolshevik rule.
Russia before the
First World War: politics, society and the economy.
• Opposition to Tsarist rule:
Liberals, Socialists and Socialist Revolutionaries.
• Impact of the First
World War on Russian government and society.
• 1917: reasons for the fall of
the Tsar and the collapse of the Provisional Government.
• The nature of the Bolshevik
takeover; the roles of Lenin and
• Bolshevik rule and its impact,
1918–24: the Civil War. ( New
Review - Lenin's legacy
Opposition to the Tsar
before 1914 - Practice paper
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