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I'm interested in studying history at Oxford, but I am a bit confused about what the course entails. Can you more or less study any period of history you enjoy? I'm particularly interested in Russia in the years leading up to the Revolution, but could find very little mention of Russia in the handbook.

Also, does it matter if the topic that you write about in your personal statement isn't really a big part of the course, or do they just want to see a keen interest in history?

Any insight would be a appreciated
Thank you!
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I'm interested in studying history at Oxford, but I am a bit confused about what the course entails. Can you more or less study any period of history you enjoy? I'm particularly interested in Russia in the years leading up to the Revolution, but could find very little mention of Russia in the handbook.

Also, does it matter if the topic that you write about in your personal statement isn't really a big part of the course, or do they just want to see a keen interest in history?

Any insight would be a appreciated
Thank you!
I don't know about the handbook, but http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/undergraduate-admissions appears to explain it pretty clearly. Russia leading up to the Revolution appears to be a bit of a problem, however. The Part I Europe And World paper ends in 1914, and the Part II General History papers split at the same point. Talking two of these would give you plenty of pre-1917 Russian history. Unfortunately, there appears currently to be no Further or Special Subject on the revolution, though there are papers in both on post-revolutionary Russia. There is also the dissertation, of course.

Alternativeky, ou might want to consider Cambridge, which has a Part I European paper covering the period since 1890 as well as a Special Subject on Fin de Siecle Russia 1891-1917.

In addition have a look at UCL which has the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. You can do a History degree there, or take a more general History degree at UCL but taking some of the SSEES modules.

Do you speak Russian? Do you want to learn it?

A keen interest.
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I don't know about the handbook, but http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/undergraduate-admissions appears to explain it pretty clearly. Russia leading up to the Revolution appears to be a bit of a problem, however. The Part I Europe And World paper ends in 1914, and the Part II General History papers split at the same point. Talking two of these would give you plenty of pre-1917 Russian history. Unfortunately, there appears currently to be no Further or Special Subject on the revolution, though there are papers in both on post-revolutionary Russia. There is also the dissertation, of course.

Alternativeky, ou might want to consider Cambridge, which has a Part I European paper covering the period since 1890 as well as a Special Subject on Fin de Siecle Russia 1891-1917.

In addition have a look at UCL which has the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. You can do a History degree there, or take a more general History degree at UCL but taking some of the SSEES modules.

Do you speak Russian? Do you want to learn it?

A keen interest.
Thanks so much for your reply!

I have started learning Russian, and it's so much fun, but it's hard to keep it up along with schoolwork.
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Thanks so much for your reply!

I have started learning Russian, and it's so much fun, but it's hard to keep it up along with schoolwork.
Several unis will offer History and Russian, either joint honours or as a major/minor combination; others will allow you to study Russian outside your degree course. On the other hand, don't get too wedded to the idea of specialising in Russian history as your interests might change.
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