The Romanovs

Ref: C2423191

The history of the House of Romanov the reigning Imperial house of Russia from its foundation in 1613 to its demise in the 1917 Russian Revolution. The course will cover its charismatic and enlightened rulers from Peter the Great to Catherine the Great through the turbulent palace coups of the five ruling Empresses. The extravagant wealth, the lavish spending on the Winter and Summer palaces, and the exquisitely crafted Faberge Imperial eggs sum up the Romanov legacy today.

Course aim

This course covers the 300 hundred year reign of the Romanov Dynasty from Peter the Great, through Catherine the Great, to the last Romanov. A look at the Romanov Dynasty's impact on autocracy, imperialism, and revolution in Imperial Russia.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the key historical figures and the ruling members of the Romanov dynasty.
  • Ascertain the five ruling Empresses routes to power.
  • Plot the rise and fall of autocracy and serfdom in Tsarist Russia.
  • Understand the Romanov’s power, reforms, and reactions to social upheaval.
  • Locate the origins of the demise of Romanov Dynasty leading to the execution of the last Tsar and his family.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

If your course is online, you will join a virtual classroom using a weblink: the WEA uses a video-conferencing tool called Zoom. To use Zoom you will need a Laptop, Computer, Tablet or Smart phone which has speakers, a microphone and a video camera.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Romanovs


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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