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Hi guys,

i really need help with some ideas and advice for my history coursework this year. I have to cover a 100 year period of russia from 1855-1956 and the question I have picked is "how far do you agree that the abdication of tsar nicholas ii was the most significant turning point in the nature of russian government?"

What do you guys think would be a key theme/ideas for each paragraph. So far I am including the assassination of alex ii, the october Rev/lenin coming to power. Also do you guys know any historians/quotes about this period? Anything you guys know or sites or books would be VERY useful!

thank you - I really want to do well in this coursework ❤️❤️
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The abdication was what finally halted the Romanov ruling dynasty. However, you should point out that in the immediate years after the abdication and revolution there was very little progress to radically alter the system and create a socialist state following the failure of War Communism. The NEP rested on capitalist values and some of it even relied on tsarist policies such as the agricultural reforms instigated by Stolypin.

While a 'Dictatorship of the Proletariat' was what Lenin eventually wanted for Russia it should be noted that this did not happen due to the failure of the workers to be adequately qualified, so Lenin became the dictator and opposition parties were banned once again.

I would also put in a bit of contextual knowledge by talking about tsarevich Alexei and his inability to take the throne due to his illness.
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(Original post by edgymurphy)
The abdication was what finally halted the Romanov ruling dynasty. However, you should point out that in the immediate years after the abdication and revolution there was very little progress to radically alter the system and create a socialist state following the failure of War Communism. The NEP rested on capitalist values and some of it even relied on tsarist policies such as the agricultural reforms instigated by Stolypin.

While a 'Dictatorship of the Proletariat' was what Lenin eventually wanted for Russia it should be noted that this did not happen due to the failure of the workers to be adequately qualified, so Lenin became the dictator and opposition parties were banned once again.

I would also put in a bit of contextual knowledge by talking about tsarevich Alexei and his inability to take the throne due to his illness.
Thank you so much for your help! I've slighting altered my question to the development of Russia though, but these points will still fit into my coursework☺️☺️☺️
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What is the question? I can probably help a bit more. I'm studying the course too but in an exam format so I'm basically racing through the content
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(Original post by edgymurphy)
What is the question? I can probably help a bit more. I'm studying the course too but in an exam format so I'm basically racing through the content
My question is "how far do you agree that the abdication of tsar nicholas ii was the most significant turning point in the development of Russia" I've decided to have my themes/paragraphs on the economy, political and social (peasants) - and talk about how each turning point changed or continued developing russia

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One killer point would be that when you look at the ruling of Russia post-abdication there are many parallels with the Tsarist regime. A quick look at the brutality of the totalitarian regime of Stalin can be compared to the repressive period of Alexander III. This would bee a good idea for your political perspective.

From an economic perspective I would combine the makeshift qualities of the industry in the tsarist regime with the unbelievable progress in heavy industry that Stalin championed with his Five Year Plans; the man basically built a superpower out of a nation that used to rely on selling grain and foreign investment (which can be proved through observing the economic policies of Witte, who encouraged foreign investment during the Great Spring of the 1890s) Remember that in the last days of the tsarist regime the industry was basically run by qualified workers that had been sent in from Germany due to the lack of training for Russian workers. When war was declared the German workers were sent back and Russian industry faltered. On the other hand, through introducing emergency practical schools in replacement of secondary schools Stalin began to turn the Russian economy and industry into a self-sufficient one.
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One killer point would be that when you look at the ruling of Russia post-abdication there are many parallels with the Tsarist regime. A quick look at the brutality of the totalitarian regime of Stalin can be compared to the repressive period of Alexander III. This would bee a good idea for your political perspective.

From an economic perspective I would combine the makeshift qualities of the industry in the tsarist regime with the unbelievable progress in heavy industry that Stalin championed with his Five Year Plans; the man basically built a superpower out of a nation that used to rely on selling grain and foreign investment (which can be proved through observing the economic policies of Witte, who encouraged foreign investment during the Great Spring of the 1890s) Remember that in the last days of the tsarist regime the industry was basically run by qualified workers that had been sent in from Germany due to the lack of training for Russian workers. When war was declared the German workers were sent back and Russian industry faltered. On the other hand, through introducing emergency practical schools in replacement of secondary schools Stalin began to turn the Russian economy and industry into a self-sufficient one.
Omg thank you so much! You've basically told me so much content that i didn't know because we had to wiz through!! You've helped me a lot 😃😃😃 What exam board are you on for your exam?
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Think I'm on OCR, to be honest I don't usually look at that sort of thing I just do the exam
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