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#1 John Simkin

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Posted 25 July 2004 - 10:30 AM

I have been a history teacher (students aged 11 to 18) for 25 years. I first became interested in Russian history when I began studying the Russian Revolution in the early 1960s. I am the author of Stalin (1987). I also created the
Encyclopaedia of Russia: 1860-1990:


So far there are sections on: Events and Issues, 1860-1914 (22); Revolutionary Philosophers (8); Russian Revolutionaries, 1860-1910 (32); Russian Political and Military Figures: 1860-1920 (34); Events and Issues in Russia, 1914-20 (18); Russian Revolutionaries: 1914-20 (64); Political Groups and Organizations (12), Foreign Witnesses of the Revolution (18), Newspapers and Journals (6), Russian Literature (24), Soviet Union: 1920-1945 (20), Soviet Union: 1945-1990 (16) and Political Figures: 1945-1990 (14).

#2 alf wilkinson

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Posted 25 July 2004 - 10:50 AM

My name is Alf Wilkinson, and I have been teaching history for more than 30 years. My interest in Russian history developed out of teaching the Revolution and Stalin at A Level, and subsequently at AS and A2 level. I have produced materials on Russia for my website Burnt Cakes (http://www.burntcakes.com/) and for New Perspective - a magazine for A Level students as well as for (http://www.history-o...rs/new_pers.htm). I am endlessly fascinated by the topic, and the way historians re-write the story of the key characters involved. The interesting thing at present is the much greater emphasis on the part ordinary people played in events in Russia in the C20th.



#3 Anders MacGregor-Thunell

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Posted 26 July 2004 - 11:41 PM

I have been the Head of the History Department of Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet in Gothenburg, Sweden, the last 6 years. Before that I taught History at a few High Schools, Colleges and Universities. My specific interest and knowledge are the Spansih Civil War (where I have done some work on the Swedish reaction and Swedish volunteers), 19th and early 20th Century Russian History and the Nordic Countries (especially Finland and Sweden) during the 19th and early 20th Century. I also have some knowledge about Germany during the same periods and the coming of World War One and World War Two.

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Posted 26 July 2004 - 11:50 PM

I have been a history and sociology teacher for fifteen glorious years <_< . I have a Bachelors degree in Politics and a Masters degree in history. I am very interested in political concepts and political ideology. I have studied Russian 20th century history at some depth in the distant past.

#5 Richard Jones-Nerzic

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Posted 28 July 2004 - 01:46 PM

With a BA in history and politics and MA in political philosophy, I have been a history teacher since 1993. I am currently Head of Humanities at the International School of Toulouse in France and I was previously Head of Politics at Olchfa School in Swansea, south Wales.

I teach IGCSE History and IB History and consequently have a current 'expertise' in modern history.

#6 John Geraghty

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Posted 31 July 2004 - 03:58 PM

My experience does not match that of the panel already formed here but I can contribute much enthusiasm as i am a history student in University College Dublin. I have a good knowledge of the Russian Revolution and the Tsarist regime that preceeded it. If i can be of any help I would be most pleased to help. I am most interested in the countries economic policies from 1880 until the death of Stalin.

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Posted 03 October 2004 - 10:54 PM

I've been teaching history in English secondary schools since 1970. I am now a Deputy Headteacher in Northamptonshire.

My main areas of interest are Lenin and the Bolsheviks 1903-1924; the Soviet Education System; and the USSR under Brezhnev.

The first of these areas is my current A2 teaching commitment.

The second and third are more personal interests since I visited the USSR a number of times from the 1960s to the 1980s. My BA is in History, my MA in Comparative Education hence the Soviet Education System.

I have quite a number of slide photographs of Moscow and Leningrad from these visits with two highlights: a large collection of photos of Soviet classrooms in the late 70s and early 80s and a small one of the state funeral of Mikhail Suslov, the chief ideologue of the 1970s.

Hope the above helps to explain my interests.

#8 Ed Waller

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 02:18 PM

I have been involved in teaching History for 14 years, mainly at 2 universities (East Anglia and Portsmouth). In schools I have taught IB History, GCSE Modern World and SHP (Medicine, Germany, N Ireland and local study). Currently I am Head of History in a (very successful) state secondary school in Southampton, England.

I have a PhD in History (The early years of the NHS), completed in 1996.

My interest in the Russian Revolution and the years that followed stem largely from an interest in politics. Having researched it for political purposes, I have since used it in teaching IB and GCSE Modern World.

#9 Adam Wilkinson

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 05:26 AM

I have knowledge on the Russian Revolution and Tsarist regime. Also have studied figures such as Lenin, Trotsky and Kollontai.

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 01:37 PM

Hello to everyone,

I am a student at International school of Toulouse, and I have also studied in Russia and the United States. Being a native Russian, I am naturally very interested in Russian history and especially Stalin's Russia which I have been researching recently. (If anyone would be interested I have recently conducted interviews in Russia focusing on WWII and nostalgia phenomenon)

My experience and expertise does not match that of the panel already formed, but if I can be of any help I would be most pleased to do so. Any questions about Russian resources that need translation are also more than welcomed.


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Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:55 AM

How come the name of the topic is History of Russia?
It seems more like a history of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. What I was hoping for was something about the Vikings (while trading with Baghdad down the Volga (and settling North America)) 'discovering' the people they called the Rus (the Land of the Rus) and before and after till the end of the Tzars and their resurrection (I suggest the Counter-Revolution (led by Stalin hiding Lenins (dying) last written statement to the Supreme Soviet (that warned it against Stalin and promoted Trotsky (Stalins last elimination of the old Bolchies) started about 1923 and was completed when the wall went down)) in todays Russian Federation.

Edited by John Dolva, 15 January 2009 - 03:22 AM.

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