Lenin and Revolutionary Russia

Lenin and Revolutionary Russia

Lenin and Revolutionary Russia

Lenin and Revolutionary Russia

Synopsis

Lenin and Revolutionary Russia examines the background to and the course of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and Lenin's regime. It explores all the key aspects such as the development of the Bolsheviks as a revolutionary party, the 1905 Revolution, the collapse of the Tsarists, the Russian Civil War and historical interpretations of Lenin's legacy to Russian history.

Excerpt

The Questions and Analysis series is based on the belief that the student actively benefits from explicit interpretation of key issues and help with source-based technique. Each volume therefore separates narrative from analysis and sources; it follows an overall structure of Background Narrative, Analyses, and Sources with questions and worked answers.

This volume, Lenin and Revolutionary Russia, is the first in the series to add another dimension. Sixth-form and university courses have given increasing importance to historical debates, requiring proficiency in historiography as well as history. The revised format takes this development into account.

Chapter 1, therefore, provides some general explanations of why historians differ in their interpretation of key historical issues. The subsequent chapters follow a common pattern. The Background is confined to essential introductory perspectives or narrative. Analysis (1) focuses on a key historical issue (as in previous volumes), while Analysis (2) now examines the historiographical dimensions of the same issue, considering the extent of and reasons for changes of emphasis. In examination terms, Analysis (1) is in line with the requirements of AS and Analysis (2) with A2. They are, however, interlinked: Analysis (1) provides the material the student needs to know before being able to deal with A2 perspectives, while Analysis (2) gives the AS student a view of the next logical development in interpretation – and an insight into the implications of A2. The Sources also vary in their approach. The main principle is that the first set of Sources and Questions in each chapter is aimed at developing AS skills; the style of Sources and Questions varies to provide an overlap with each of the examining boards. The second set of Sources, relating to A2, follows the pattern broadly associated with one board, which offers the topic in its specifications. Where (as in Chapters 2 and 8) there is . . .

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