We have been running a Russian Studies group for some time, meeting between 10 a.m. and 11.30 in the Upper classroom at the Holy Trinity Centre on the first and third Thursdays of each month. The focus is on Russian history, which we cover in some detail, although we tie in economic, social, cultural and other aspects, so that we get an impression of Russian life generally. There is no expectation in this group of learning the Russian language, fascinating as it is!
Over the past few months, we have looked at Russian history up to the 1917 Revolution, followed by an examination of how the new Soviet state developed thereafter. We have recently considered the rise to power of Stalin and the drastic changes in Soviet agriculture and industry in the early 1930s.
For this year we will look at the purges of the 1930s, the Soviet experience of the Second World War, and life in Russia from 1945 to the break -up of the USSR in 1991. In time, we will look at Putin’s Russian Federation from its origins to the present day. We use a range of resources and have some good discussions.
We welcome new members. Anyone interested should just turn up, or contact the group leader, John Laver.
We meet on 1st and 3rd Thursdays, in the upper classroom of Holy Trinity Parish Centre, between 10 and 11.30 a.m. If you are interested in knowing more about the group, please contact John Laver, the group leader
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