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Nelson Modern History: Russia and the Soviet Union

By | Copyright Year:2016 | ISBN-13: 9780170244107

Russia and the Soviet Union has been developed for senior secondary students of History and is part of the Nelson Modern History series. Each book in the series is based on the understanding that History is an interpretive study of the past by which students also come to better appreciate the making of the modern world. Developing understandings of the past and present in senior History extends on the skills learnt in earlier years. Students will use historical skills, including research, evaluation, synthesis, analysis and communication. They will rely on their knowledge of the historical concepts such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, empathy, perspectives and contestability, to understand and interpret societies from the past. The activities and tasks have been written to ensure that students develop the skills and attributes required for senior History subjects.

Russia and the Soviet Union incorporates recent historiography and a range of visual and text primary sources, enabling students to explore the transition from Tsarist autocracy to Stalinist dictatorship and victory in the Great Patriotic war in little more than 20 years. This text places particular emphasis on the causes and consequences of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the nature of Stalin’s rule.

Series Editor, Tony Taylor is the past Director of the National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and the National Centre for History Education. From 2006 to 2010 he was a senior consultant to federal government bodies responsible for the development of Australian Curriculum History, while researching and publishing extensively in various topics in education and History.


About the series
Series editor acknowledgements
Author acknowledgements


On the eve of war: 1905-1914

Impact of the First World War: 1914-1917

The new Bolshevik regime: 1917-1918

The Bolsheviks triumphant: 1918-1924

The struggle for power: 1924-1929

Soviet Union transformed: 1928-1941

Stalinist totalitarianism: 1929-1941

The Great Patriotic War: 1941-1945



Ken Webb has extensive experience in government and independent schools as a teacher of Ancient, Modern and IB History. He is a regular presenter of student lectures and teaches professional learning workshops. Ken is the author of Nelson Modern History titles, Age of Imperialism and Russia and the Soviet Union along with a host of other senior history titles.


The Nelson Modern History series is an extensive suite of full colour topic books developed for Australian senior students. Each title draws on recent scholarship, historiography and history specific pedagogy to ensure relevance and teachability. Providing flexibility for schools and students, Nelson Modern History is the up to date and relevant history education solution for senior students

The front cover of each title features a line drawing associated with the topic. Functioning as a topic starter, this iconic image is unpacked with a photograph and commentary with a link to a key individual and an illustrated timeline

The introduction to each book includes a brief overview of the topic and a handy reference sequence that includes profiles of major figures and organisations, definitions of key concepts and summaries of major documents

Each chapter is structured around inquiry questions and includes age appropriate language, recent research in the field, diagrams, maps and illustrations, biographical profiles that incorporate activities and discussions of historians and schools of interpretation

Chapters close with a topic summary, suggestions for further reading and review activities that consolidate content knowledge and build historical skills

Each title closes with a brief summation and a set of activities that encourage students to draw on their learning and reflect on the topic as a whole.