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History12 - Russia and the Soviet Union 1914-1945 (WWI-WWII): Overview

Year 12, Unit 3

For nearly four years, and against all the odds, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Josef Stalin led the most effective alliance in history. Yet they met face-to-face only twice. Instead, the 'Big Three' had to communicate through secret telegrams and coded letters. They exchanged more than six hundred messages between 23 June 1941, when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, and Roosevelt's sudden death on 12 April 1945. And, as this extraordinary correspondence demonstrates, each member of this implausible trio became fascinated by the other two, genuinely trying, in his distinctive way, to build personal relationships. (Book Cover)

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The Russian Revolution ended Romanov rule, ushered the Bolsheviks into power and changed the course of world history. Between 1900 and 1920, the nation underwent a complete and irreversible transformation: by the end of these two decades, a new regime was in place, the economy had collapsed and over 20 million had died. But the Bolsheviks remained in power. How? As McMeekin reveals, the revolutionaries were aided at nearly every step by rival nations who sought to profit from the chaos overtaking Russia. (Book Cover)


One hundred years ago events in Russia took the world by storm. In February 1917, in the middle of World War I and following months of protest and political unrest, Tsar Nicholass II abdicated. Later that year a new political force, the socialist Bolshevik Party, seized power under the leadership of Vladamir Lenin. A bloody civil war and period of extraordinary hardship for Russians finally let to the establishment of the Soviet Union. (Book Cover)


In February of 1917 Russia was a backward, autocratic monarchy, mired in an unpopular war; by October, after not one but two revolutions, it had become the world's first workers' state, straining to be at the vanguard of global revolution. How did this unimaginable transformation take place?


This book will give you a full understanding of Russia from the beginning of the twentieth century through tothe Cold War. Follow the life, policies, and ideology of Josif Stalin and discover the background of blood and revolution behind Russia's rise to the status of superpower.


Diana Preston chronicles eight days that created the post-war world, revealing Roosevelt’s determination to bring about the dissolution of the British Empire and Churchill’s conviction that he and the dying President would run rings round the Soviet premier. But Stalin monitored everything they said and made only paper concessions, while his territorial ambitions would soon result in the imposition of Communism throughout Eastern Europe.

Analysing the Russian Revolution helps students to develop a broad and detailed understanding of the process of revolution, and to analyse and reflect upon the political, social and economic changes and continuities of the Russian Revolution.

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In this book Alan Moorehead gives a brilliant account of these formative events. This not only remains the most readable account of the revolution but sheds fascinating light on the Western view of the Soviet Union at the time of writing during the Cold War. (Publisher)