Edexcel AS exam revision – Stalinist economics – collectivisation

Having achieved ascendancy over his rivals, Stalin embarked Russia on a colossal programme of industrial growth and social transformation – a second revolution, but this time directed from above by the power of the Soviet state. Continue reading

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Edexcel AS exam revision – Bolshevik consolidation of power 1917-24

When the Bolsheviks “came to power” in October 1917 it was by no means obvious that they would survive. Having proclaimed the new era of Soviet power and socialist revolution, the writ of the new regime barely operated outside the major cities and it faced the basic¬†challenge of either establishing control over the existing machinery of government, or creating a new one.¬† Continue reading