Seminar: The Four Romanov Grand Duchesses

Ref: C3742902

In July 1918 Nicholas II, his wife, his heir and his four daughters were murdered at Ekaterinburg in Siberia. DNA evidence has revealed conclusively that no-one escaped from the slaughter. While much has been written about the Tsar and his wife, it is only recently that attention has come to focus on the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanova. This course will show how recent research is revealing many fascinating details about their lives and attractive characters, making their fate seem all the more tragic. They have now been canonised as saints by the Russian Orthodox Church.

Course aim

to study the Russian Revolution through the lives of the four daughters of Nicholas II

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • understand the details of the lives of the Romanov grand duchesses
  • show how their lives relate to the politics of the period
  • differentiate the four sisters and understand how they were very different in character
  • understand the importance of the Romanovs in modern Russia

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?

  • The feedback will be appropriate for a short course.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Two books by Helen Rappaport, 'Ekaterinburg' (2009) and 'Four Sisters' (2014) provide excellent background.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Seminar: The Four Romanov Grand Duchesses


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