A new month means a new post- not sure how posting during February passed me by! Might be something to do with the big pile of boxes in my flat as I get ready to move in a few weeks. Not grumbling though- give me a big pile of boxes over a big pile of marking any day!
March is the month where exams suddenly seem not too far away. It’s also the time when you should be doing all you can to get ready for them. Revision & consolidation start now! With that in mind- a topical task for you; March turns out to be an important month in terms of topics for both year groups, as you can see:
13th March 1881- Our course begins with the assassination of Alexander II in St. Petersburg, effectively ending the period of Russian reforms. Also, the “February” Revolution began on the 8th March 1917 (ironic name) with riots in Petrograd over food rations and conduct in war, with Tsar Nicholas II ending 1,000 years of Tsarist autocracy by abdicating on the 15th of that month.
Winston Churchill made his famous “Iron Curtain” speech on the 5th March 1946, whilst on the 8th March 1983, US President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union ‘an evil empire’, initiating a more hard-line US policy. Finally, on the 11th March 1985 reformer Mikhail Gorbachev was confirmed as the new- and ultimately final- leader of the Soviet Union.
Both of these History units ask you to consider the significance of events as part of a bigger picture, as you seek to present your arguments in a balanced and sustained manner. So, with these key developments in mind, all History students must answer the following questions regarding ‘significance’:
- YEAR 12: Which was more significant- Alexander’s assassination, or Nicholas’ abdication?
- YEAR 13: Which was more significant- Churchill’s “Iron Curtain”, or Reagan’s “Evil Empire”? (The second speech may require a bit of research, as at time of writing, we haven’t covered this in our lessons yet!)
Both groups can post opinions (minimum of 200 words) as a reply to this topic please.