By Jonathon Dallimore & Lani Blackman

Russia and the USSR, 1917 – 41 provides an updated approach to exploring this foundational period of Soviet history. It is primarily designed to address the HSC Modern History National Study ‘Option F: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917 – 41’ and includes detailed coverage of the key features and issues of the period. The book draws on many contemporary historians who have challenged many old perceptions about this period and includes a range of activities and essay questions to help students engage with the material. Appendix One includes four annotated student essays to demonstrate how the ideas in the text can be used in the context of developing sophisticated arguments in response to key questions relevant to this topic.
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  • Chapter 1 Engaging with Russia and the USSR, 1917-41
  • Chapter 2 Bolshevik Ideology
  • Chapter 3 The Bolshevik Consolidation of Power, 1917-24
  • Chapter 4 The Impact of the Bolshevik Consolidation of Power
  • Chapter 5 Stalin's Rise to Power, 1922-30
  • Chapter 6 Transforming the Soviet Economy, 1928-41
  • Chapter 7 Transforming the Political Order, 1928-41
  • Chapter 8 Transforming Soviet Society and Culture, 1928-41
  • Chapter 9 Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917-41
  • Chapter 10 Stalinism as Totalitarianism
  • Appendix One Sample Essays

Jonathon Dallimore has taught history since 2006 and has had a keen interest in Russian and Soviet history for many years. In 2016 he won a NSW Premier's scholarship to travel to the Russian Federation to explore the history and memory of 1917, with a particular focus on the centenary of the Great October Revolution and its aftermath. Jonathon is currently working as a Professional Officer for the History Teachers' Association of NSW and teaches history method classes at the University of NSW and the University of Wollongong.


Lani Blackman teaches at Barrenjoey High School, a public school on the beach at Avalon on Sydney. After almost 15 years in a legal career, Lani returned to her passion and began teaching high school history over 10 years ago. While she enjoys teaching a wide range of history and legal topics from ancient through to modern times, Russian history remains her favourite. Lani loves to share her knowledge and passion with students and others. She has contributed to a number of online and written publications on Russian, Chinese and Khmer history, and is a keen participant in the HTANSW professional development program.