Cold War overview based on Edexcel curriculum

This is a break down of all topics in the Cold War section of the Edexcel subject specification for History A - The making of the modern world (2HA01). I've tried to link each topic to a good resource to help me learn it.

The full specification that I used is here 

  • Created by: TomCorf
  • Created on: 20-03-15 14:10
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  • The Cold War
    • The Tsarist regime and its collapse in 1914-17
      • The nature of Tsarist rule
        • Russia in 1914
        • The weaknesses of Tsar Nicholas II
        • Discontent among peasants and town workers and the growth of opposition
        • Rasputin
      • The impact of WW1
        • Military defeat
        • Tannenberg
        • Masurian Lakes
        • the appointment of the Tsar as commander in chief
        • Food shortages
        • Inflation
        • transport problems
        • political upheaval
      • The fall of the Tsar
        • The events in Petrograd in February 1917
        • the mutiny in the army
        • The Petrograd Soviet
        • The Tsar’s absence and abdication
    • Bolshevik takeover and consolidation 1917-24
      • The Provisional Government.
        • The establishment of the Provisional Government, its weaknesses and failures
        • The significance of the Kornilov Revolt
        • Lenin’s return and activities and the growth in support for the Bolshevik Party.
      • Imposing Bolshevik control 1917–21.
        • The Bolshevik seizure of power in the October/November Revolution, reasons for their success and the roles of Trotsky and Lenin.
        • The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
        • the ‘Red Terror’
        • The reasons for, events and effects of, the Civil War 1918–22, and reasons for Bolshevik victory
      • Creating a new society 1918–24.
        • The early Bolshevik decrees
        • the Constituent Assembly
        • War Communism and its unpopularity
        • the Kronstadt Mutiny and the New Economic Policy
    • The nature of Stalin's dictatorship 1924-39
      • The struggle for power 1924–28.
        • Stalin’s strengths and the weaknesses and mistakes of his rivals, especially Trotsky, and how Stalin gradually removed these rivals.
      • The use of terror in the 1930s.
        • The use of terror, especially the reasons for, nature of, and consequences of the purges
        • the importance of the show trials and the work of the secret police.
      • Propaganda and censorship
        • The cult of Stalin
        • official culture and control of education
        • The 1936 Constitution
    • Economic and social changes 1928-39
      • Collectivisation
        • widespread opposition and the attack on the kulaks
        • mechanisation
        • The organisation of collectives
        • Stalin’s reasons for change in agriculture
        • The successes and failures of collectivisation
      • Industrialisation
        • Gosplan
        • The Stakhanovite movement
        • Stalin’s motives for rapid industrialisation
        • the achievements of industrialisation
        • Five-Year Plans
      • Life in the Soviet Union
        • Living and working conditions
        • the differing experiences of social groups
        • ethnic minorities
        • The changing role of women




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