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Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you have just done the Tsarist Russia exam for AS Level? I just finished and I'm not too sure I wrote the right thing 😣 I was aiming for a B but now I think I may get a C
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I didn't really like it. On the extract questions I couldn't find anything to disagree on, the essay question on Lenin and Marxism and horrible and so I pretty much had to do the social transformation question. I wrote about changes in the peasantry, working classes, nobles and culture, due to Alexander II and Alexander IIIs policy. I don't think I did very well!
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I wrote the same for the second question but the rest of my class wrote about reforms and how Alex 3 changed them, and my teacher said she would have wrote what they wrote. The extracts were horrible and basically the same except one was exaggerated. There's a section in the textbook about the class changes up until 1894 so we should be okay with that even though didn't talk about reforms but I interpreted it as how the social classes had transformed
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What Q came up?
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What was the Marx Q?
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The interpretations question was difficult IMO. I wrote my introduction about the 1905 revolution to realise thats not even what it was asking, so I had to rewrite my introduction at the end. The wording on the question was just confusing. I'm still not sure if it was asking about the causes of the 1905 revolution specifically, or whether it was just talking about factors around that period and after the 1905 revolution that weakened the authority of the regime.

The essays were easy IMO, I chose the question about Lenin and I'm pretty happy about it

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The growing influence of Marxism in the periods 1890-1917 was due to Lenin. Explain why you agree or disagree with this view.
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I quite enjoyed that, i thought extract b was the most convincing source.
I was in the minority for my class, choosing the marxist question. I talked about the role of censorship and the circulation of "what is to be done" -chernashevsky and marx's literature, i talked about lenin being a good orator, april theses decisiveness (bolshevik, menshevik split-sticking to what he believed in) etc. On the other hand, it wasnt just lenin, pg was so disorganised, bolsheviks offered a clear alternative for soldiers, workers and peasants (peace, bread, land) etc etc

Does that sound alright???

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I wrote the same for the second question but the rest of my class wrote about reforms and how Alex 3 changed them, and my teacher said she would have wrote what they wrote. The extracts were horrible and basically the same except one was exaggerated. There's a section in the textbook about the class changes up until 1894 so we should be okay with that even though didn't talk about reforms but I interpreted it as how the social classes had transformed
I think you could do it both ways, however, I think the way we did it is perfectly fine as long as you reference how their policies caused change/caused continuity. There is a question on the 2015 paper which references social change, and the examiner report remarks how "Too many students who attempted this question showed limited understanding of 'socialchange'. Some linked it to Tsarist reform and a number saw it as meaning all the policies ofAlexander III (and sometimes Nicholas II)."
So if this question has a similar mark scheme to that one, we've done it right.

The question only included Alexander II and Alexander III as well, so am I correcting in thinking we shouldn't have mentioned all the cultural developments e.g. women, art and literature etc... As these occurred in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
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I think you could do it both ways, however, I think the way we did it is perfectly fine as long as you reference how their policies caused change/caused continuity. There is a question on the 2015 paper which references social change, and the examiner report remarks how "Too many students who attempted this question showed limited understanding of 'socialchange'. Some linked it to Tsarist reform and a number saw it as meaning all the policies ofAlexander III (and sometimes Nicholas II)."
So if this question has a similar mark scheme to that one, we've done it right.

The question only included Alexander II and Alexander III as well, so am I correcting in thinking we shouldn't have mentioned all the cultural developments e.g. women, art and literature etc... As these occurred in the late 1890s and early 1900s.
I talked about how it all changed because of emanicipation but what other policies did you talk about? And no I don't think so, I think more general social classes rather than particular sections of society- I mentioned the kulaks and how strip farming carried on, and the middle class etc- come to think of it I probably should have mentioned more policies such as tariffs but oh well
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What was the sources Q?
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The interpretations question was difficult IMO. I wrote my introduction about the 1905 revolution to realise thats not even what it was asking, so I had to rewrite my introduction at the end. The wording on the question was just confusing. I'm still not sure if it was asking about the causes of the 1905 revolution specifically, or whether it was just talking about factors around that period and after the 1905 revolution that weakened the authority of the regime.

The essays were easy IMO, I chose the question about Lenin and I'm pretty happy about it



The growing influence of Marxism in the periods 1890-1917 was due to Lenin. Explain why you agree or disagree with this view.
[QUOTE=popcornjpg;64918259]The interpretations question was difficult IMO. I wrote my introduction about the 1905 revolution to realise thats not even what it was asking, so I had to rewrite my introduction at the end. The wording on the question was just confusing. I'm still not sure if it was asking about the causes of the 1905 revolution specifically, or whether it was just talking about factors around that period.

It depends. What was the Q?
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@Helebob

It was something along the lines of

'Which of these two interpretations provide a more convincing interpretation of the weakening of Tsarist authority in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century?'

The sources were mostly describing the 1905 revolution, which is why I found it confusing.
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@Helebob

It was something along the lines of

'Which of these two interpretations provide a more convincing interpretation of the weakening of Tsarist authority in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century?'

The sources were mostly describing the 1905 revolution, which is why I found it confusing.
It is a vague date range. I had hoped they would give dates. To my mind that sounds like 1894-1905...but with no Q date range then it could also mean 1906?
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It is a vague date range. I had hoped they would give dates. To my mind that sounds like 1894-1905...but with no Q date range then it could also mean 1906?
Yes it could be, but 'early' is very vague as you say. I would consider anything up to 1920 as the 'early' 20th Century.

Same with 'late' - I would go to 1880.

Don't know why they had to make the wording so ****ing weird.
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I wrote the same for the second question but the rest of my class wrote about reforms and how Alex 3 changed them, and my teacher said she would have wrote what they wrote. The extracts were horrible and basically the same except one was exaggerated. There's a section in the textbook about the class changes up until 1894 so we should be okay with that even though didn't talk about reforms but I interpreted it as how the social classes had transformed
It all really depends on the Q wording...did it refer to social change or reforms?
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I didn't really like it. On the extract questions I couldn't find anything to disagree on, the essay question on Lenin and Marxism and horrible and so I pretty much had to do the social transformation question. I wrote about changes in the peasantry, working classes, nobles and culture, due to Alexander II and Alexander IIIs policy. I don't think I did very well!
If the Q was on socia change and you based it around differing groups then that sounds good to me. Try not to panic.
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I did the social change question and did it about the different groups - peasants, urban working class, nobles and a bit on the start of a middle class. It did ask about 'society' not reforms so I think that is right so don't worry! besides, you had to link it to reforms a bit anyway, like the emancipation, so...
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What did people put for the extract question, as I found it really difficult. I said extract A mentions the role of SRs and SDs in weakening Tsarist authority as well as the strikes and demonstrations. For extract B I mentioned the impact industrialization had on the workers and how the Tsar failed to meet the needs of the workers. I really struggled to disagree with the extracts though... what they said was 'convincing'...
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What did people put for the extract question, as I found it really difficult. I said extract A mentions the role of SRs and SDs in weakening Tsarist authority as well as the strikes and demonstrations. For extract B I mentioned the impact industrialization had on the workers and how the Tsar failed to meet the needs of the workers. I really struggled to disagree with the extracts though... what they said was 'convincing'...
I said Extract A was more convincing. Sure, they were both convincing, but overall Extract A was more convincing.

Extract A you could've talked about Bloody Sunday, Years of the red cockerel, the Dumas, agrarian socialism under Viktor Chernov which saw SD popularity rise drastically, Provisional Government during the First World War.
Extract B, more of the same, I think I found a point that could have contradicted how the masses literally wanted to overthrow the empire. I can't remember the sources very well though.

As for Question 02, I agreed with the view. Russian society transformed rather dramatically under both Tsar's. You really could have said whether you agree or disagree for this one since the reforms made by AIII somewhat limited the transformation.
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