Access to History. From Autocracy to Communism: Russia by Michael Lynch

By Michael Lynch

The Access to History sequence is the preferred and depended on sequence for AS- and A-level heritage scholars. the recent variants mix the entire strengths of this well-loved sequence with a brand new layout and contours that permit all scholars entry to the content material and research talents had to in achieving examination good fortune. This name attracts on content material from the bestselling titles Reaction and Revolution: Russia, 1894-1924 and Bolshevik and Stalinist Russia, 1918-56. it's been thoroughly revised and up-to-date to check the 2008 OCR AS specification and is now occupied with the interval from 1894 to 1941. It starts with the placement in Russia lower than Tsar Nicholas II after which is going directly to study the motives and results of the 1905 and 1917 revolutions, the Bolshevik fight to realize energy, and the eventual upward push of Stalin. The political, financial, and social advancements via this era and the results of those are explored and analyzed all through. through the ebook key dates, phrases, and matters are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are integrated to consolidate wisdom and figuring out of the interval, and exam-style questions and information written by way of an examiner for the OCR specification give you the chance to advance examination abilities.

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However, after a particular set of divisions had gone in his favour, Lenin claimed that he and his supporters were the majority. This led to their being called Bolsheviks while Martov’s group became known as Mensheviks. Initially, the main point dividing Bolsheviks and Mensheviks was simply one of procedure. However, following the split in 1903 the differences between them hardened into a set of opposed attitudes. 7). By 1912 the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks had become two distinct and opposed Marxist parties.

One middle-class proprietor who had thrown his house open to the strikers remarked on the difficulty of sustaining his belief in the goodness of people who abused his hospitality by molesting his daughters, urinating on his carpets and stealing everything they could carry. ’ Leon Trotsky reflected that while the Russo-Japanese War ‘had made tsarism totter’, the revolution that followed in 1905 had failed because the protestors were disunited and inexperienced. ’ 40 | From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894–1941 Moreover, the liberals had backed out of the revolution and betrayed the workers by leaving them to be crushed by government troops.

Key date Bi-cameral A parliament made up of two chambers or houses, an upper and a lower. The first duma: April–June 1906 • one chamber would be an elected lower house • the other would be a state council, the majority of whose members would be appointed by the tsar. The existence of a second chamber with the right of veto deprived the elected duma of any real power. Taken together with the declaration that no law could come into being without the tsar’s approval, these restrictions made it clear that the tsarist regime had no intention of allowing the concessions it had made in 1905 to diminish its absolute authority.

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