Hello! Does anyone have any ideas for what might come up in this exam?
Well that's a tricky one as the topics vary quite a bit. I mean looking at the 2014 and 2013 papers we have:
Russian economy under the Tsarist Regime.
And Trotsky leadership for the Bolshevik Success.
This is from the 2014 paper covering periods of 1881-1924.
And we have the usual bit for Stalin:
So either leadership struggle
Anything to do with WW2, industrial output.
Comparing this, this paper seemed to focus more on the Bolsheviks, and the Russian economy. And for Stalin we either had his leadership struggle( I think its quite a common question for this exam) and most likely something to do with WW2.
The 2013 paper was also similar but nothing new, this focused on the Strength of Tsarism against its opponents, the Bolsheviks consolidating their power after October/November revolutions, And then you had a toltarian state( which also focuses on Stalin's leadership struggle, getting rid of his opponents through Moscow Show trails, using Social Realism as propaganda) and something to do with how did the USSR's economy help it win WW2.
So here's what I think MAY come, I might be wrong in this:
Anything to with the economy, Russification or any broad range. In this case you should revise everything to do with Tsairst Russia in case anything comes up.
And don't forget the Provisional Government! They could be next depending on their policies, their downfall and so and so forth.
Same one as before, but I would say revise every single bit, even the Civil War. You never know what might come up, either Lenin's role in the party, Trotsky role's, so its best to get all the facts done.
You're more than likely to get a question on Social Realism and how its impact was used on Soviet Society. I would also say a question on Stalin's leadership rise to power is a bit rare, but could come up, his leadership struggles against his opponents a very likely possibility, but I think it could do with the state control or anything that features. Perhaps the Great Purges? I'm not sure, but any of these topics are more than likely to come up.
I also forgot, Collectivization and the 5 year plans MAY come up. Its good to make sure you revise that section as well.
Soviet Russia in WW2:
Now this is perhaps the least touched topic upon for me. I don't know who else does the Russian subject and covers WW2 in such detail because I haven't. The only real things you need to know are:
Soviet Economy in WW2
Soviet people being inspired to work for the Soviet Union
Soviet Millitary winning against the Germans.
Best bet is to focus on the battles, T34 tanks( should the question focus on some subjects) but the economy/Stalin's leadership including Zuhkov's military leadership is somewhat more prevalent. ( Do research this in more detail, any STATS, WRITE THEM DOWN.)
Questions could also be stylized in the way of 'Civil War' type questions so be careful on that.