Not the greatest documentary in history, but it does a fair job of giving an overview of a very complicated series of events!!
An interesting BBC documentary marking the 50th anniversary of Stalin's death. Features Robert Service and is quite a pacey overview of Russia pre and post revolution. A little heavy on the psychological explanation for Stalin's actions in my opinion though. What did you think?
Some excellent Great Patriotic War podcasts from Dr Edwin Baker. To use this you will need to login to the HA student zone with username @andallthatweb and the password from your teacher. You can listen to the podcasts HERE
The Impact and Significance of the Great Patriotic War. In this podcast Dr Jonathan Davis of Anglia Ruskin University discusses the USSR from 1941-1953 and the impact and significance of the Great Patriotic War.
2. The condition of the USSR in 1941. Operation Barbarossa.
3. The impact of war on the Soviet people.
4. Domestic consequences of the war: the legitimizing of Stalin's regime.
5. The USSR's emergence as a superpower, the occupation of Eastern Europe and a renewed sense of Russian solidarity.
Some excellent Gorbachev era podcasts from Dr Edwin Baker. To use this you will need to login to the HA student zone with username @andallthatweb and the password from your teacher. You can listen to the podcasts HERE
End of the USSR
In the late 1980s the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, sought to reform the Union, introducing the policies of glasnost and perestroika in an attempt to end the period of economic stagnation and democratize the government. However, this led to the rise of strong nationalist and separatist movements. Central authorities initiated a referendum, boycotted by the Baltic republics and
Georgia, which resulted in the majority of participating citizens voting in favour of preserving the Union as a renewed federation. In August 1991, a coup d'état was attempted by hardliners against Gorbachev, with the intention of reversing his policies. The coup failed, with Russian President Boris Yeltsin playing a high-profile role in facing down the coup, resulting in the banning of the Communist Party. On 25 December 1991, Gorbachev resigned and the remaining 12 constituent republics emerged from the dissolution of the Soviet Union as independent post-Soviet states. The Russian Federation, the successor state of the Russian SFSR, assumed the Soviet Union's rights and obligations and is recognised as its continued legal personality.
2. Long term factors.
3. A systemic approach: the system was not open to reform.
4. Circumstantial factors and political transformation. The dissolution of the Soviet Union.
5. The Rise of Yeltsin. Russian politics as opposed to Soviet politics.
Some excellent Brezhnev era podcasts from Dr Edwin Baker. To use this you will need to login to the HA student zone with username @andallthatweb and the password from your teacher. You can listen to the podcasts HERE
Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (19 December 1906 – 10 November 1982) was the General Secretary of the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU),
presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982. His eighteen-year term as General Secretary was second only to that of Joseph Stalin in length. During Brezhnev's rule, the global influence of the Soviet Union grew dramatically, in part because of the expansion of the Soviet military during
this time, but his tenure as leader has often been criticised for marking the beginning of an era of economic and social stagnation in which serious problems were overlooked, eventually leading to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
1. Introduction: What did the Brezhnev era consist of?
2. The Era of Stagnation or the high point of Soviet power and stability?
3. Soviet Union as a super power: treaties with the West.
4. Stagnation and a growing disbelief in a communist utopia.
5. Developed Socialism: a new stage towards communism. The gerontocracy and censorship.
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for Personal Study as well as History more generally. Some great advice on a
whole range of History related topics.
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One of the best resources for primary sources, videos, short essays and general Russian history. Exceptionally well presented and with Russian radio from the time to boot!!
Visit and you may end up as happy as Mr Khrushchev here!
Definitely worth a watch. Not the best series I have ever seen but certainly an interesting look at Stalin's last years. I have also put a link to a Russian film made from archive footage after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Not the best quality sadly.
Just a quick outline of the different schools of history you may encounter when studying the Soviet Union. By no means exhaustive, but a good starting point!
Here are two very different films. Both have taken aspects of Soviet History and use it to send a particular message. In the first film: "The Fall of Berlin", the Stalinist film maker portrays Stalin's heroic role in defeating the Nazis. Stalin is shows as the great saviour of the Soviet Union. It is slightly bizarre to see Hitler speaking Russian, but interesting how the whole affair is portrayed - Hitler's marriage during the fall of Berlin is of particular interest, as is the scene where a dying Russian soldier begs his comrade to raise his flag on the Reichstag as well.
In the second film, produced under Gorbachev's rule, the Communist regime comes under direct fire - the director criticises the brutal repressions of Stalin and his descendants. Such a film would never have seen the light of day before 1984. Both films offer an interesting insight into the ways in which history was used and manipulated in the Soviet Union. Indeed one of Gorbachev's first concerns when he came to reform the Soviet Union was to rewrite the history of the Communist Party in Russia to show its excesses. Of course this is no different to the way in which Stalin tried to rewrite Russian history in his own image, or how Vladimir Putin has attempted to resurrect Stalin's memory in modern history textbooks!!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.