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OCR A2 Level History: Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964

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    "The rulers of Russia were reluctant reformers." How far do you agree with this view of the period from 1855-1964?

    I am kinda struggling with this question. I don't really know what to write about. I already have a few themes in mind but I am not really sure. My themes are Political, economic, social and military reforms.

    Thanks in advance

    Think you have 2 options agree or disagree. I think there is a consistent flow of events,. Were they reformers at all and how did they react to events plus what were the results? Some of them were enthusiastic reformers, but what were their aims? I'd get behind the personalities of the leaders. the key words to me are ruler+ reluctant+ reformer.
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    I already have my introduction. But I am not really sure what specific knowledge to bring into my paragraph.

    My intro btw:

    In order to assess whether the rulers of Russia were reluctant reformers or not, we need to take into account the types of reforms that they introduced these could be economic, political, social or military reforms. And we should contrast it with the word 'reformer', a person 'devoted' to bringing about reform and that person should not be reluctant. It could therefore be argue that all rulers were 'reluctant' to introduce certain types of reforms, but equally keen to introduce others. In consequence, we should not generalise and argue that all leaders were reformers as for example compared to Alexander II, Stalin was repressive rather than a reformist.
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