The Rise of the Soviet Union: The History of the Russian Revolution

Ref: C3672980

To begin to understand the ideological and social forces which drove this event, we will start with an introduction to the theory of Karl Marx, and explore how these thoughts inspired and guided the revolutionary actions of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. We will look at the socio-economic situation in Russia following the First World War, to answer why conditions were ripe for the overthrow of the Romanov Dynasty in February of 1917. What was behind the October Revolution? Why was Lenin’s role so crucial, and could the revolution have succeeded without him? What was the role of women in this revolutionary period, and what impact was this new political system to have on the rights and responsibilities of the Russian citizens? We will end the lecture with a discussion on how these events may have shaped the identity of the modern Russian state, and ask if Putin’s Russia is still influenced by Marxist theory today?

Course aim

To begin to understand the ideological and social forces which drove this event, one of the most seismic political events of the 20th Century, the Russian Revolution of 2017 is continuing to be a popular area of study today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explore the theory of Karl Marx, and explore how these thoughts inspired and guided the revolutionary actions of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin.
  • Discover answer to why conditions were ripe for the overthrow of the Romanov Dynasty in February of 1917.
  • Understand the role of women in this revolutionary period, and what impact was this new political system to have on the rights and responsibilities of the Russian citizens?
  • Explore how these events may have shaped the identity of the modern Russian state, and ask if Putin’s Russia is still influenced by Marxist theory today?

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?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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

Download full Course information sheet

The Rise of the Soviet Union: The History of the Russian Revolution

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing