Hello History Teachers!

Do you teach Russian and Soviet history at A-Level, IB or GCSE?

Would you like to give your students the competitive advantage of on-line seminars with me, Orlando Figes, one of the world's leading historians of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union?

Would you like to use the teaching resources I have designed especially for schools, including my responses to popular exam questions at A-level?

I am Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, and the author of eight books on Russian history, including A People's Tragedy, which have been translated into 30 languages.

Keen to engage with the teaching of my subject in schools and colleges, I have designed a free website www.orlandofiges.info which brings together my ideas about how to study the Russian Revolution and Soviet history. It is best used together with my short book for schools, Revolutionary Russia 1891 - 1991 (Pelican, 2014).

For a small subscription (£49.99 per year for schools and £7.99 per year for individuals) teachers can get access to the premium site www.revolutionaryrussia.com where they will find more more teaching resources, including:

  • on-line seminars with me on Google Hangout
  • a video library of seminars
  • my ideas on how to answer the most common exam questions
  • 18 lecture/podcasts on the major themes of Russian and Soviet history
  • longer extracts from my books carefully selected to help students
  • photo essays and videos with questions designed for class work
  • regular discussions of key themes and exam questions
  • updates on news and source materials for Russian revolutionary history

The first season of seminars on Google Hangout will cover the following questions:

1. How reformable was the Tsarist system and could reform have saved it from its fate in 1917?

2. Why was war such a catalyst to revolutionary change in Russia between 1855 and 1945 (the Crimean War, World War 1, the Russian Civil War and World War Two)?

3. Account for the persistence of authoritarian government in Russia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

4. How did life change for the peasants under Tsarist and Soviet rule?

5. What - if any - credit can be given to Stalin for the industrialization of the Soviet Union?

Here is a short extract of a 40-minute seminar I had last month with the students of the International School of Toulouse:


And this is what their teacher said:

"The live video conference my students had with Professor Figes was a brilliant experience. The classroom task of formulating the 'big' questions in advance, then having them answered by a leading professional historian, was highly motivational. It resulted in some sparkling insights which students will find invaluable in giving them 'the edge' in the final examinations. My class came away from the experience full of enthusiasm for the way in which Professor Figes brought the subject alive in an accessible but intellectually stimulating manner".  Russel Tarr, Head of History at the International School of Toulouse and author of www.activehistory.co.uk

For a chance to win a FREE seminar with me on Google Hangout write to me at orlando@revolutionaryrussia.com by 21 November with the name and email of your school and the questions you would like to discuss in the seminar. Eight schools will receive an invitation to the seminar.

For further information and feedback please write to me at orlando@revolutionaryrussia.com

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Orlando Figes
Professor of History
University of London,
28 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1B 5DQ