Day School: 1917 - The Russian World Turned Upside Down
January 2017 commemorates the Russian Revolution of 1917 which saw the overthrow of the 300 year old Romanov dynasty in February,and in October the seizure of power by Vladimir Lenin. We will, discover the causes of the revolution; track the year 1917 and the events that led to the ultimate death of the royal family and the world's first Communist government
We aim to discover the reasons for and the progress of the Russian Revolutions of 1917.
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
We will discuss the reasons for Revolutions. We will examine the problems of Tsarist Russia in the 19th century, concessions the Tsar made and the further pressures Russia experienced due to the Great War. We will briefly discuss Marxism and how Lenin and the Bolsheviks, a tiny protest group were able to seize power and why the Tsar and his family were "expendable"
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1) The students will be able to demonstrate a greater knowledge of Tsarist Russia; they will see how the Tsar's power declined 2) They will be able to trace the course of the Russian Revolution 3) They will be able to account for why the Tsar abdicated 4) They will be able to describe some basic principles of Marxism 5) They will be able to discuss what is necessary for a successful revolution and why Lenin was able to seize power in Russia
How will I know I'm making progress?
This is very personal of course but I hope you will ask questions and join in the discussions that arise to gain a greater understanding
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Nothing is needed except an open enquiring mind!
Reading and information sources
No preparation is needed
What could the course lead to?
I hope this will be a foundation for the many references and programmes made in the media this year I will give examples on the day of books you may wish to refer to and events you may wish to attend