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 ðŸ˜£ I was aiming for a B but now I think I may get a C
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!
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
What came up for source Q?
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???
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.
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...
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'...