Y318: Russian Rulers, 1855-1964 will take us through over 100 years of Russian history looking at key themes: the nature of government; the impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society; the impact of war and revolution on the development of the Russian empire and the USSR; Empire, nationalities and satellite states. We will look in depth at the rule of Alexander II (the Great Reformer), the Provisional Government (all eight months of it!) and Nikita Khrushchev (responsible for the de-Stalinisation of the USSR).
A great overview of the early part of the course is presented by Lucy Worsley in the third part of her trilogy: Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia – The Road to Revolution (available to view on youtube).
Here are the links to the exam board specifications and sample assessment material. This part of your course will be examined over 2 hours 30 minutes with 2 x 25 mark synoptic essay questions and 1 x 30 mark interpretation question on one of the depth studies.