This material (From PBS) was gathered during the making of The
Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century.
For a basic introduction by world-renowned historians:
2. The Romanovs
Nicholas II biography from Spartacus site with primary
sources and good cross links in support. NB Remember to scroll
down the page: the content is below the ad!!
II Romanov Modern Russian bio on the last Russian tsar. From
the Russian international TV news channel RT Russia.
Palace: Time Machine Extraordinarily lavish presentation of
images and information related to the palace, Nicholas II,
Alexandra, and other members of the Romanov family. Features
well-organized tours of every room in the palace, richly
detailed biographies, Romanov diaries and letters that afford
insights into daily life in the palace, and a plethora of
additional materials. Some key pages:.
- Nicholas and
Alexandra Virtual tour of the travelling exhibit
Nicholas and Alexandra: The Last Imperial Family of Tsarist
Russia. Presents an easily navigated, clickable exhibition site
map offering a selection of topically organized galleries. These
galleries provide an extensive preview of the exhibit, which
includes artifacts such as the dresses, coach, and menu from the
coronation of Nicholas II in 1896.
- the last Tsarina BBC audio report
(about 10mins) on a side of Alexandra that is
little-known to most people. Maureen Barry talks about the last
Diagnosis of The Tsarevich Made Public - 1912 Facsimile copy
of the New York Times article telling of Alexey’s “bleeding
Kschessinska BBC audio report (about 10mins)
recalling the first Russian Prima Ballerina and famed
lover of the future Tsar Nicholas II
Family Album of interesting snapshots.... but the music!!!
Exploring Anastasia BBC article
links to the demise of the Romanovs, click on the
1917 casahistoria page
3. Political Situation
Professor Gerhard Rempel at Western New England
College from his
Lectures on Russian/Soviet history. Good for
- Political Groups: From the Excellent Spartacus site:
Two articles by Lenin on Stolypin:
Pyotr Stolypin Useful Russian outline illustrated Bio
of the minister famous chiefly for his agricultural reforms and
the draconian methods he used to deal with his opponents. From
the Russian international TV news channel RT Russia.
Sound, basic biography from Spartacus site with primary sources
and good cross links in support. NB Remember to scroll down the
page: the content is below the ad!!
Stolypin Land Reform Excerpts from the Ukaz
of 9 November 1906 On Peasants Leaving the Land Commune. §
Stolypin and the Revolution
Sotsial-Demokrat, No. 24, October 18 (31), 1911 Published
according to the Sotsial-Demokrat text From V. I. Lenin,
Collected Works, 4th English Edition, Progress Publishers,
Moscow, 1968 First printing 1963 §
Stolypin and the Narodnik Agrarian Programmes
July 1, 1912 Published according to the text in Nevskaya
Zvezda From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition §
Grigory Rasputin Bio from the Russian
international TV news channel RT Russia of the wandering peasant
who eventually exerted a powerful influence over Nicholas II and
Aleksandra, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Imperial Russia.
Biography from Alexandra Palace
Rasputin Sound, basic biography from Spartacus
site with primary sources and good cross links in support.
Includes extracts from sources describing his death. NB Remember
to scroll down the page: the content is below the ad!!
biography from the
The Murder of Rasputin A detailed article from
About.com . To save the Russian monarchy, several members of the
aristocracy attempted to murder the holy man, Rasputin. Though
their plan was simple, they soon found that Rasputin would be
very difficult to kill.
Channel 4: Masters of Darkness Website on the
Rasputin programme in the series. Well presented information
with wide ranging (!) links.
Okhrana Surveillance Report on Rasputin The
Okhrana (Russian security police) had placed officers outside of
Rasputin's home to monitor his and his visitors' comings and
goings. This report gives some details of Rasputin's life from
January 1, 1915 through February 10, 1916.
6. World War I
Background to World War 1
to the casahistoria World War 1
site for links to the war in general
- PBS Great War
site : excellent chronological information and useful, brief
articles by historians on many aspects of the war and the
The Russian War
- Two uncited articles from the
Congress Country Studies on the
General link sites to the period
Soviet Union From the Library of Congress Country
Studies . Uncited, but clear, concise and thorough description
of the key stages, both before and after the events of 1917.
Russian Revolution This is a good place to start. It
has many links to sites on the background and events of the
Revolution. A useful collection of annotated links to other
sites relating to the Russian Revolution. It is very suitable
for IB Level. NB! The
red background to the site will drive you mad if you look at it
Russian Studies on the Internet
A very thorough, and quite
academic listing of sites relevant to Russian History. For
serious casahistorians in particular, but difficult to navigate.
History of the Russian Revolution, The - complete
three-volume work by Leon Trotsky in HTML and PDF form.
Chronology of Russian History: Soviet Period A well
presented university site, looking at the grand sweep of
Russian/Soviet history from a chronological position. Good
linked access to documents such as Tsar´s abdication letter,
Order No 1, April Theses... §
Photographs of the Russian Empire A collection
of photographs of Imperial Russia from the archives of the
University of California Riverside. It gives an interesting
picture of Russia in the period 1890-1920.
History of the Soviet Union This website of
translated documents by the Univ of East Anglia is
designed to give students easy access to a wide selection of
sources on Russian history translated into English and available
Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Russian Revolution
Key Documents on the revolutionary period
PLP translations: an enormous number of
books/documents translated by Computer Based Learning Unit,
University of Leeds. This links to the enormous index. Good for
browsing for sample documents - but you need a general idea of
what/who you are looking for as the index is author based, not
People's Century: Red Flag Companion website
to a PBS series on the Russian Revolution. Not the easiest site
to navigate but includes interviews with participants and
eyewitnesses to the rise of the Soviet State.
the casahistoria Russia/USSR core sites:
Stalin: Economics & Terror, 1927-41