GCSE: Russia, USSR 1905-1941

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717 GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 essays

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    Was Nicholas II responsible for his own downfall?

    5 star(s)

    This is a thorough and strong response that covers all the key points well. The author regularly links back to the question and offers a convincing conclusion. 5 out of…

    • Essay length: 1914 words
    • Submitted: 17/09/2004
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Natalya Luck 09/04/2013
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    Why did Alexander II Emancipate the Serfs in 1861?

    5 star(s)

    This is an excellent response that covers all major, possible motivations for emancipation and uses historiography really well to support the points made. It is focused and cogent throughout. 5…

    • Essay length: 2182 words
    • Submitted: 27/10/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Natalya Luck 01/12/2012
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    What problem did Russia face after the1905 Revolution? How effective was Nicholas II in dealing with these problems?

    4 star(s)

    This is a well structured response, which examines each key area of reform and weighs up evidence for and against Nicholas II's effectiveness. The author's opinion is strongly conveyed, which…

    • Essay length: 922 words
    • Submitted: 22/10/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Natalya Luck 09/04/2012
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    Assess The Impact Of Stalin On Russia And The Russian People.

    4 star(s)

    This is a secure response, with a good level of subject knowledge and a balanced and evaluative account of Stalin's impact. There is a good level of detail but statistics…

    • Essay length: 1583 words
    • Submitted: 25/01/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Natalya Luck 09/04/2012
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    Was Nicholas II Responsible for His Own Downfall? What can you learn from Source A about the situation in February 1917?

    4 star(s)

    This is a well answered source paper, with many useful comments on provenance and a good understanding of why the revolution occurred. At times, the author could answer the question…

    • Essay length: 3411 words
    • Submitted: 12/09/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Natalya Luck 14/03/2012
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    Both The Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent society created by the Bolshevik

    3 star(s)

    This is an accurate response but it is lacking in detail. The author could have strengthened it considerably by noting dates and the official names of policies like the NEP…

    • Essay length: 487 words
    • Submitted: 02/01/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Natalya Luck 01/12/2012
  7. Peer reviewed

    What were the causes of the 1905 Revolution in Russia?

    3 star(s)

    This essay stays strictly to the question. The introduction sets out an immediate plan of the essay, which for an examiner is very useful to know, however f there had…

    • Essay length: 772 words
    • Submitted: 11/07/2002
    • Reviewed by: (?) islander15 09/02/2012

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  • To what extent have revolutionary Socialists followed the teachings and doctrines of Marx?

    "In conclusion, no socialist revolutionary faithfully followed the communist manifesto and Marx's ideology because it is almost impossible to implement an ideology written half a century ago under totally different conditions and a totally different situation. Every revolutionary had a their own adaptation of Marxism, this is evident with all the varying 'isms' developed out of Marxism like Trotskyism, Leninism, Stalinism and Maoism."

  • To what extent was Stalin's economic policy successful? In the 1920's the soviet economy was failing disastrously the revolution and the civil war had devastated the soviet economy and the economic output

    "Stalin's right hand man Khrushchev backs the argument of collectivisation as a failure. Khrushchev states: 'Stalin's brand of collectivisation brought nothing but brutality and misery'. This source is a quote from Khrushchev after Stalin's death. This is a source of good utility and reliability as it is said by Khrushchev after Stalin's death when he was in power so he could say what he wanted to, secondly Khrushchev was Stalin's right hand man so he was present around the time of collectivisation and would probably have know as much as Stalin. This source has a good level of validity because it is on collectivisation and what Khrushchev believed it achieved. It is trustworthy as it is a direct quote from Khrushchev himself. The motives of this source can be slightly questioned. As it is post Stalin, when Khrushchev encouraged openness on Stalin, plus he criticised and distanced himself from him. So it might have been said by Khrushchev to enhance his popularity and show him as less of a tyrant than Stalin was. This source shows a view of collectivisation agreed on by a great many people in the Soviet Union and it is also the view of historians. Figures do not support any success in collectivisation theses figures taken from a history learning site from the UK:"

  • Assess the strengths & weakness of Russia around 1855

    "In conclusion, when Alexander II came to the throne in 1855 he faced many problems, the most drastic I think was the existing serfdom system. Alexander decided to resolve these problems b introducing new reforms, the most famous and most needed in my opinion is the abolishment of serfdom. But as actual abolishment was after 1855, Russia's serfdom community was still very much alive consequently was still a huge weakness, and illustrated their backwardness in 1855. So overall after weighing up the strengths and weakness of Russia at that time, I would definitely consider there to be more weakness in the Russian empire. I do acknowledge that Alexander II employed some key reforms; however Russia remained 50 - 100 years behind the west in sheer development of the country in 1855."

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