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History AS Level at Notre Dame Catholic College

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AS Course – Summary of course and content Exam board – Edexcel Unit 1 – Topics to be studied and content: D3: Russia in Revolution 1881 From Autocracy to Dictatorship
The challenges to the Tsarist state, 1881-1906: nature of the regime; economic and social changes; opposition parties; the 1905 revolution.
Tsarism’s last chance, 1906-17: the Dumas; Stolypin; the impact of war; the downfall of the Romanovs.
February to October 1917: the Provisional Government and the Bolshevik Coup.
Holding onto and consolidating power, 1918-1924: Civil War; changing economic policies; creating the Soviet state. D4: Stalin´s Russia 1924-53
The struggle for power, the making of the new vozd 1924-29; personalities and policies.
Transforming the Soviet Union: the Collectivisation of agriculture and its social and economic impact; the three five-year plans; changing social policies.
Persecution and control: the origins and course of the purges; culture and the arts in the service of a totalitarian regime.
The making of a superpower; the Great Patriotic War; devastation; war production victory. Unit 2 – Topics to be studied and content: C2:  Britain, c1860-1930: The changing position of women and the suffrage question
The changing personal status of women; marriage, divorce, children and property; challenges to the “angel in the house” concept.
Women’s changing role within the political system: participation in local government; origins and impact of the suffragist and suffragette campaigns; the impact of the First World War on the suffrage question.
Attitudes of politicians, parliament and the public to the suffrage question; the Liberal government 1906-14; the Parliament Act (1918), the Equal Franchise Act (1928) and their immediate impact.
Changing educational opportunities for women and girls and the impact of these for workplace opportunities; the opening of the universities and professions to women.


Unit 1 Exam length: 1 hour 20 minutes
You will be required to answer two questions worth 30 marks each from two topics. Each topic will have a choice of two essays. Unit 2 Exam length: 1 hour 20 minutes
You will be required to study one topic; answering two source based questions, (a) and (b). Candidates will be provided with seven to nine unseen sources. Question (a) is worth 20 marks and will focus on reaching a judgement by analysis, cross referencing and evaluation of source material. Question (b) is worth 40 marks and will ask you to address a historical view or claim using two sources with your own knowledge.

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Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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