VCE History Revolutions/Russian Revolution

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Perhaps one of the defining events of the 21st Century, the Communist Revolution in Russia in 1917 brought to power the régime that would rival the West for supremacy. In this History Unit there are two Areas of Study:

  • Area of Study 1: Revolutionary Ideas, Movements, Leaders and Events

This Area of Study covers the time from Bloody Sunday in 1905 through to the Bolshevik Revolution in October 1917. Topics will include ideologies like Marxism and agrarian socialism, movements like the Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, Narodniks and Socialist Revolutionaries, leaders like Tsar Nicholas II, Kerensky, Lenin and Trotsky, and events such as Bloody Sunday, the February Revolution in 1917, and the First World War.

  • Area of Study 2: Creating A New Society

This Area of Study starts from the October Revolution in 1917 and concludes with the death of Lenin in 1924. The Area of Study focuses on the change and continuity with the old régime and the new. Topics will include State Capitalism, War Communism and the New Economic Policy, the Civil War and the Kronstadt uprising.