History: The Romanov Duchesses

Ref: C2419797

In July 1918 the Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, his son, and daughters were murdered by the Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg. Until recently, little attention has been paid to the four daughters, but recent work on Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Romanova has shown them to be fascinating young women with very different characters but a common devotion to each other. As a recognition of their courage and their undeserved suffering, they have been made saints in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Course aim

to look at the lives of the four daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and the controversies surrounding their deaths

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • explain the importance of the lives of the Romanov grand duchesses
  • describe the importance of the four sisters in the context of late-imperial Russia, the First World War, and the Bolshevik Revolution
  • appreciate the many visual records of the Romanov sisters
  • analyse the many myths surrounding their deaths

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • These questions are not appropriate to a single afternoon's course.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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History: The Romanov Duchesses


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