Russian Revolution


Soviet archives





Tsarist Russia

Lucy Worsley's Empire of the Tsars

- pt 3 - Road to Revolution - rule of Ni, AII, AIII & NII

Russia - Land of the Tsars 17-20

            Rule of AII, AIII, NII and collapse of Romanovs

Resources and worksheets on collapse of Tsarist Russia


War and Revolution in Russia 1914-1921



Revolution, Lenin and Stalin's Rise

Countdown to Russian Rev - BBC - Lucy Worsley on events in 1917

1917 podcast

Lenin's Russia 1917-24 podcast

Stalin's rise to power 1924-28 podcast

BBC History Files - The Soviets - Stalin's Rise

Vladimir Lenin documentary - 33.50-46.05


Stalin - Stalin : Man of Steel documentary - Stalin - Inside the Terror BBC documentary - Stalin : Declassified documentary - Shostakovich Against Stalin

Dizzy with Success


Collectivisation sources

Stalin, Industrialisation & 5YPs

Stalin - Inside the Terror BBC documentary

Stalin "Red Terror" - archival footage

shostakovich v stalin doc

Googledoc - Revolutionary Russia 'The Great Terror'


Timeline of Stalin


Summer 1903:      ·the Social Democrats split into Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

January 5, 1904:   ·Stalin escapes from Siberia, the first of many escapes from exile in the following decade.

Year 1905:            ·Revolution in Russia. Nicholas II announces constitutional reforms, creation of the Duma. Stalin marries Yekaterina Svanidze.

December 1905:    ·Stalin goes as a delegate to Bolshevik conference in Finland, meets Lenin for the first time.

March 1907:          ·Birth of Stalin's first child, Yakov

October 1907:       ·Death of Yekaterina

January 1912:       ·Bolsheviks officially separate from Social Democrats, Stalin appointed to the Party's Central Committee by Lenin.

January 1913:       ·Stalin co-writes, with Lenin, "Marxism and the National Question"

Aug-Sept 1914:     ·Outbreak of World War I.

March 1917:          ·Beginning of Russian Revolution. The Tsar's government falls, replaced with a Provisional Government.

                             Bolsheviks, including Stalin, hasten to St. Petersburg

April 1917:            ·Lenin returns from Switzerland, rebukes Stalin for taking a conciliar line with the Provisional Government.

November 1917:    ·Bolsheviks overthrow Provisional Government, seize power. Stalin plays only a minor role.

February 1918:      ·Stalin marries Nadezhda Alliluyeva

1918-1920:            ·Civil war in Russia. Trotsky organizes Red Army; Stalin commands forces in Tsaritsyn, Petrograd (St. Petersburg), and elsewhere.

1921:                     ·Birth of Stalin's second child, Vasily

1922:                     ·Official founding of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

April 1922:            ·Stalin elected General Secretary of the Communist Party

May 25, 1922:        ·Lenin suffers his first stroke

January 4, 1923:    ·Lenin, in a postscript to his Testament, warns the Party to remove Stalin from his position of power.

March 7, 1923:      ·Lenin suffers final stroke, loses his powers of speech

January 21, 1924:   ·Death of Lenin. Stalin survives the reading of the Testament by the Central Committee in May.

1924-25:                ·Stalin publicly attacks Trotsky for being unfaithful to "Leninism."

December 1924:    ·Stalin publicly articulates his theory of "Socialism in One Country."

December 1925:    ·Allied with Bukharin and the "Rightists," Stalin begins attacks on Zinoviev.

February 28, 1926: ·Birth of Stalin's third child, Svetlana

Oct-Nov 1926:       ·At the Fifteenth Party Congress, Stalin attacks the "United Opposition" of Zinoviev, Kamenev, and Trotsky.

1927:                     ·Beginning of the first Five-Year Plan

November 1927:    ·Kamenev and Zinoviev expelled from the Party; Trotsky expelled and sent to Central Asia.

April 1929:            ·Stalin begins assault on Bukharin

November 1929:    ·Bukharin removed from the Politburo

December 1929:    ·Stalin announces "liquidation of the kulaks as a class"; collectivization begins in earnest.

1931-32:                ·Terrible famine across the Soviet Union; millions die

Nov 8, 1932:          ·Suicide of Nadezhda

December 1, 1934: ·Murder, by Stalin's agents, of Sergei Kirov. Beginning of "Great Terror," which continues until 1938.

January 1935:        ·Zinoviev, Kamenev, and others are arrested, accused of complicity in Kirov's assassination.

August 1936:         ·First "Show Trial." Zinoviev, Kamenev, and their allies confess and are executed.

January 1937:        ·Second Show Trial

June 1937:             ·Purge of the army begins, top generals are tried and executed

March 1938:           ·Third Show Trial, conviction and execution of Bukharin, Rykov, others.

March 1939:           ·At Eighteenth Party Congress, Stalin announces end of the Great Terror.

August 23, 1939:    ·Nazi-Soviet Pact is signed in Moscow

September 1939:    ·Outbreak of World War II

August 20, 1940:     ·Trotsky assassinated, by Stalin's agents, in Mexico City.

June 21, 1941:         ·Hitler invades Soviet Union

Aug 1942-Feb 43:   · Battle of Stalingrad. Germans are defeated, marking the turning point in the war.

November 1943:    · Stalin meets with Roosevelt and Churchill in Teheran

February 1945:        ·Stalin meets with Roosevelt and Churchill at Yalta

April 31, 1945:        ·Hitler commits suicide in bombed-out Berlin, ending war in Europe. Red Army controls all of Eastern Europe.

August 1945:          ·United States uses atomic bomb against Japan, bringing an end to the war in the Pacific.

February 1948:       ·Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia, cementing Soviet control of Eastern Europe.

Summer 1948: ·Soviets blockade East Berlin.

1949: ·Communists, under Mao, are victorious in Chinese Civil War.

September 1949: ·Soviets explode their first atomic bomb.

December 1949: ·Stalin celebrates his seventieth birthday.

February 1950: ·Sino-Soviet Treaty signed

1950-53: ·Korean War

January 1953: ·Announcement of Jewish "Doctors' Plot" against Stalin, plans for new wave of terror.

March 5, 1953: ·Death of Stalin 

 "Animal Farm" 1954 cartoon - animated version of George Orwell`s account of the Russian Revolution and it`s results

iGCSE revision lectures - End WWI; PPC; TOV; Impact; Fair or not?

iGCSE revision lectures - LON est & structure; LON 20s; Manchuria; Disarm Agreements; Great Depression; Mussolini & Abyssinia

Googleshare PPC 11D class verdict

PPC Top Trumps



BBC TOV documentary

Paris 1919 - 6 months that changed the world

National WW1 museum lecture - Margaret McMillan episode

Successes and failures of LON

Failure of LON song - BBC revision...:)

Rise & Fall of Japanese Empire pt I

- Manchuria & Korea

LON and Manchuria

Abyssinia Crisis

People's Century - PBS/BBC production 

- good background to interwar period

ep 5 -Lost Peace 1919

ep 6 -On the Line 1924

ep 7 - Breadline 1929

ep 9 - Master Race 1933