Russia and Ukraine
Causes of the Russian Revolution - What were the causes of the Russian...
Your Guide explains both the long and short term causes of the Russian Revolution of 1917.
A profile of Mikhail Gorbachev, last leader of the USSR.
About: The Oprichnina of Ivan IV
Your Guide examines the Oprichnina of Ivan IV. This organisation (and period) is frequently portrayed as some sort of hell, a time of mass torture and death overseen by sinister black-robed monks who fanatically obeyed their insane Tsar. The reality is slightly different.
Timelines of the Russian Revolutions
These detailed and explanatory timelines take a long view of the Russian Revolutions, tracing events from 1861 until 1918. The 'near' revolution of 1905 is also covered in depth.
The Creation of St. Petersburg
An important centre for science, art and industry, this great city was the Russian capital for over two hundred years, gaining the nickname 'The Venice of the North'. However, at the start of the eighteenth century, St. Petersburg did not exist. Your Guide examines the city’s creation.
Books on Russian and Ukrainian History
This page indexes onsite bibliographic information about Russia and Ukrainian history.
Face to Face with the Czars
This series of mini-biographies covers every Czar between 1613 and 1917; oddly, the site seems to think that only the Romanov’s were Czars. While the content is useful - each biography includes genealogical detail, an account of their life and achievements, and a picture (hence ‘face-to-face’) – the organisation is poor. There is no alphabetical index, only a sub-division by century.
History of Russia
Divided into six sections, this solid history of Russia is chatty and easy to read, conveying both important information and enthusiasm. This link takes you to the introduction, which I feel is worth reading; navigate via the side-bar on the left.
Who were the Mensheviks and Bolsheviks?
They started as part of the same party, but their split affected Russian history.
The Red Terror
The Red Terror was a tool used by Lenin during the Russian Civil War.
Order Number 1
Order Number 1 nearly destroyed the Russian army in 1917.