• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

russia: what happened to the romanov family question 1 and 2

Extracts from this document...


Russia what happened to the Romanov family Question A A) Sources A and B give similar accounts. Does this mean they are reliable? Source A and B give similar accounts of what happened to the Romanov family. They both state that they believe the tsar , Dr Botkin, two servants and the maid were shot in the Ipatiev house. Source A is a report from an American newspaper and it tells us that Judge Sergeyev investigated the murder of the Romanov family and he believes there was a murder, and it happened in the lower storey of the building, although Sergeyev also believes that not all the members of the household were shot there. He believes "the Tsar, the family doctor, the two servants and the maid were all shot in the Ipatiev house" [source A], however he believes that "Empress, the Tsar's son and four other children" [source A] were not shot there. The fault with this source is that as it was written for a newspaper, Sergeyev may not have actually said this it could just be the journalists interpretation on what was actually said. ...read more.


Source A and B are similar in that the information in both originate from Sergeyev. The sources are different in that Source B is more open-minded than Source A. Both sources A and B suggest say the Tsar, the family doctor (Dr Botkin), two servants and the maid were all shot in the Ipatiev house. Sources A and B are both taken from what judge Sergeyev had said, it is therefore not surprising that the sources are similar. Although source A and B give similar accounts this does not necessarily mean that they are reliable ,as the information in the sources have been orientated from the same place. However, by cross-referencing to other sources I can find evidence information that supports what both Source A and B are saying. b) How far does the account in source C differ from those in sources A and B? Sources A and B are similar to C because that they all say that people were killed in the basement of the Ipatiev house. ...read more.


Source C is written in a way that makes the murders seem very horrific using powerful words such as "the bloody carnage" and "Massacred", words like these could suggest that the judge was not impartial. The reason for this is possibly because Judge Sokolov was appointed by the 'Whites'. Having said this Source C appears to be the most reliable evidence in terms of key facts being mentioned in other sources for instance Pavel Medvedev also talking about the family being taken by lorries in his interview. In comparison Source B is written with uncertainty but seemingly impartially. Source C has more differences than similarities to source A and B as it includes many opinions in it. Source A and b are uncertain accounts whereas source C sure that the family were killed. Sergeyev's report was not biased enough this is more than likely to be the reason as to why he was sacked and source B is unbiased whereas as source C is very biased and makes the 'reds' look bad. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 essays

  1. China 1945-90 - source based questions.

    By 1973 Zhou was seriously ill with cancer, and suffered two heart attacks in 1974. Mao was four years older than Zhou, and himself was now suffering from Parkinson's disease. With the leadership so clearly at a crucial turning point, an all out power struggle emerged.

  2. Romanov Family Question F

    But the source J actually describes was the bodies of the Royal family are, this shatters source B. Source C is an extract from the book written by Judge Sokolov on the investigation to find out how the Romanov family had been murdered.

  1. What Happened To The Romanov Family

    Source G is also most likely biased as it was created using white sources, and information. 5) This source is quite surprising, seeing as all the other sources state that the family were killed together, whereas this source says that just the Tsar was killed.

  2. Source A is a report from an American newspaper and it tells us that ...

    In this way the source is reliable. Also the lack of certainty in the report indicates its reliability. However the information from the report comes from the Sergeyev resulting in the report being influenced by the whites so the source may not be reliable.

  1. Stalin: Man or Monster - Sources Questions

    trying to brainwash people to hate Stalin and to try and show them that he is the 'good guy', as in the time of the speech it is he who is in power, and therefore would want people to approve of him.

  2. What happened to the Romanovs?

    into the room: Yurovsky, his assistant, the two from Cheka, and seven Latvians." Medvedev was then sent out from the room but heard shooting and returned and saw the following, "The blood was gushing...the heir was still alive- and moaning.

  1. Stalin Question 3

    Some even went so far as murdering government officials. This rebellion meant that in the first few months a quarter of Russia's livestock were slaughtered. Stalin called for the 'liquidation of the kulaks as a class'. Suspected kulaks were subject to one of three fates: execution, labour settlements or deportation 'out of regions of total collectivisation'.

  2. What Happened To The Romanovs

    goes into much more detail and also claims that bayonets were used to finish off some of the victims. Sokolov claimed that more than 30 shots were fired and that several people had to have been murdered as one person would not be able to change their body position so many times and submit to so many shots.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work