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    I want to buy some textbooks about
    Russia in revolution 1905-17,
    The Triumph of Bolshevism? Russia, 1918 - 29 &
    Life in the Soviet Union 1928 - 41.

    Which one should I buy? I am doing Edexcel btw.

    Also, should i read all the books that are in the book list? there're like a dozen books for each unit.

    Thanks!
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    try http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reaction-Rev...7588821&sr=1-3
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    "A People's Tragedy" by Orlando Figes is apparently brilliant. Our history teacher has recommended that we all read it as part of our course. The paperback edition should set you back around £15, it deals with far more that just the revolution and will be of infinitely more use than just a textbook given that it is a properly academic, though very readable, book by a great historian.

    Perhaps "Endurance and Endeavour" by J.N. Westwood may also be of some merit. I've got it to help with my Russia 1855-1956 OCR Paper and it is excellent. It is very accessible and neatly divided up into sections of about two to three pages, dealing each with a specific point of Russian history from Nicholas I to the rise of Putin. I got it of Amazon for about £24.

    Hope that this helps!
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    (Original post by clara_bellexxx)
    I want to buy some textbooks about
    Russia in revolution 1905-17,
    The Triumph of Bolshevism? Russia, 1918 - 29 &
    Life in the Soviet Union 1928 - 41.

    Which one should I buy? I am doing Edexcel btw.

    Also, should i read all the books that are in the book list? there're like a dozen books for each unit.

    Thanks!

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Communist-Ru.../dp/0719574889 - Brilliant textbook! :yep:

    Read what you have time to read, and try not to waste time reading over stuff you already know in detail when you are much weaker in other ares.
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    thanks everyone so much!
    you know i ask this question because i'm doing Alevel history alone.. i'm self-studying this and i need to get an A. it's included in my conditional offer. basically I have a few months to go only.. im scared

    anyway thxx for ur help
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    There really aren't decent textbooks for this topic, we used one for the course last year, but it was very basic.

    To be honest, at A Level history, you really should not be relying on a textbook for revision. Try some of the books suggested on here. My reccommendations are:

    A People's Tragedy

    Lenin (biography)

    Endurance and Endeavour

    Read these at least as they are very good, particularly the biography of Lenin.
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    RK Massie's "Nicholas and Alexandra" - one of the most beautiful but tragic books of it's genre. Worth reading if you have the time.
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    check out these Stephen Lynch books..
    http://www.amazon.com/Reaction-Revol.../dp/0340885890
    http://www.amazon.com/Bolshevik-Stal...ref=pd_sim_b_2

    and if you can get hold of it > Peter Oxley, Russia 1885-1991: From Tsars to Commissars

    :yes: I'm using these at A2 and i highly recommend them!
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    heinemann study guides are really useful and reasonable.
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    (Original post by XcammiX)
    heinemann study guides are really useful and reasonable.
    They're ok. If you want meaty knowledge and a good factual understanding/quotations, then do not rely on textbooks especially if you are expected to draw an opinion. You must read actual books.
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    orlando figes of course.. umm .. theres a short one by someone Lynch.. that has the basics.
    otherwise try the heinemann advanced history ones - they are pretty thorough
 
 
 
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