This NEW history conference will provide students with a highly valuable and motivational revision day.  The conference has been designed to improve student understanding of key topics through varied, interactive sessions held throughout the day.

Students will hear from leading historians on Russian history and receive high quality advice, guidance and examples from senior examiners for producing examination answers of the highest levels. The conference is designed for students of all examination boards. The course is updated with lessons from the 2019 examinations to make sure your students are fully equipped for 2020


  • Ask questions and gain first hand advice and guidance from a senior examiner and expert historians
  • Enhanced understanding of key themes and topics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Interactive examiner workshops to improve performance in the exams
  • Up-to-date ideas about the period leading to strengthened exam technique
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
DATE & LOCATION London | Wednesday 24 February 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference



10:25– 10:35am
Welcome and Introductions

10.35 – 11.15am
Palace Coup and Revolution Professor Michael Lynch

  • ‘The February Revolution surprised everyone and achieved little’ How valid is this view?
  • How far did the Provisional Government fail because it lacked the support of the army?
  • To what extent was Trotsky the key individual in the Bolshevik seizure of power?

11:15– 11:45 am

Assessing the value in a source – what examiners are looking for:  Dr Keith Milne

  • An examination of exactly what examiners are looking for in assessing the value in a source.
  • The most successful structure used by students that brings the best results.
  • How to define value and how to deal with provenance in the most sophisticated and highly rewarded manner.

11.45 – 12.05pm
Break – Students get the opportunity to submit their questions on Russia History to our expert panel

12.05 – 12.45pm

Ambition and the manipulation of ideology? Russia 1924-1929 Professor Robert Service

  • To what extent was Stalin’s ambition motivated by a clear and consistent ideology?
  • How far was debate over the NEP and Socialism in one Country just a power struggle by another name?
  • How far was the legacy of Lenin simply ignored by the contenders for power?

12.45- 1.25pm

1.25– 1.35 ~
Ask the Experts
Michael Lynch, Robert Service, Keith Milne

Students will have the opportunity to submit their own questions during the morning to the panel. The session will answer those questions and include the opportunity to win a prize!

1.35 – 2.15pm
Economy and society, 1929–1941: Soviet success or national disaster?
Professor Michael Lynch

  • To what extent was collectivisation and dekulakisation motivated by economic necessity?
  • How far was the greatest success of the Five Year Plans in forcing compliance and social stability?
  • How successfully had the Soviet Union’s economic and industrial problems been addressed by 1941?

2.15 – 3.10pm
Stalin as dictator 1930-1953. Professor Robert Service

  • ‘Despite the use of terror, Stalin ultimately ruled by consent’ – how valid is this view?
  • How far did Russia experience a social revolution?
  • To what extent did the Great Patriotic War reinvigorate the political use of terror in the Soviet Union?

3:10 –3:40 pm

Workshop – the key to writing excellent essays. Dr Keith Milne

  • Explore exemplar responses to determine what examiners expect on Russian History at grades B to A/A*
  • Exactly what should be done to achieve the higher levels and to extend student performance
  • The ideal essay structure and how it drives an excellent, consistent judgement
  • Practical direction on how to integrate knowledge into an argument.
  • Establishing the answer – outstanding introductions and their importance at the higher levels

Dr Keith Milne

Keith has 25 years of teaching experience in a wide range of schools and is currently Head of History in a large and very successful department of eleven full-time teachers. In addition to lecturing part time at university, whilst studying for a PhD in European History, he has written and also advised on a number of textbooks for A Level History students. He is a highly experienced Principal Examiner and Principal Moderator for a major examination body, leading a large number of very popular online and face-to-face conferences detailing the routes to exam success for all A Level students.

Dr Michael Lynch

Dr Michael Lynch is an honorary fellow of Leicester University, has written over thirty books and articles on modern history, his particular interests being European and Chinese history. Among his recent publications are Russia 1894-1941 (2016), Mao (2017), Mao’s China 1936-97 (2019) and Bolshevik and Stalinist Russia 1917-53 (2019). He has served as an A-level senior examiner and is currently editor of the A Level‘Access to History’series (Hachette). A regular speaker at conferences and VI-form gatherings, he also appears in a number of current television series on modern history, including ‘Hitler’s Circle of Evil’ and ‘Greatest Events of World War Two’.

Professor Robert Service

Professor Service is Emeritus Professor of Russian History St Antony’s College, Oxford.  He was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship at St Antony’s in January 2014 and remains a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His books and articles, dealing mainly with Russian history from the late nineteenth century to the present day, cover economic, social and cultural as well as political aspects.   He accompanies this with work on contemporary Russia.

His Trotsky won the Duff Cooper prize.   He has been a British Academy fellow since 1998.   He writes for the newspapers and broadcasts in both the UK and the USA; he served as an expert witness in the Berezovsky-Abramovich trial and at the Litvinenko inquiry in London.   He enjoys hill-walking, singing and strumming.  His latest books are The Last of the Tsars:  Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution and Russia and Its Islamic World, From the Mongol Conquest to the Syrian Intervention. is a study of the two superpowers at The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991. Currently he is conducting research on Russia in the Putin period since 2012.

Selected publications include his latest, ‘Russia and Its Islamic World, From the Mongol Conquest to the Syrian Intervention’ (2017).

Students £25+VAT

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Additional teachers £35+VAT
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