1.1 Autocracy, dictatorship and totalitarianism
- Nature of rule in Russia from 1855-1964.
- Tsarist and Communist aims, ambitions, fears and concerns.
- Similarities and differences in leadership between Tsars, Communists and individuals.
- The effectiveness of Tsarism, Communism and individual rulers.
Reading: pages 12-24
Key question: How did the aims of the Tsars differ to those of the Communist leaders? [post your answer in the comments section for this blog entry – use your ‘nature of government’ table to provide specific evidence your answer]
To consider – were there more similarities than differences? Was this as a result of ‘type’ of rule or individual personalities of the rulers? Is there a common thread that can be attributed to all major periods of rule in Russia, 1855-1964?