1905: What should Nicholas do?

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Teachit Author
1905: What should Nicholas do? A decision-making game
Main Subject
Key stage
History: Russian history
Resource type
Concepts and methods
Cause and consequence

A decision-making task about the 1905 Russian Revolution. Students read a series of scenarios set in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday and choose the better action for the Tsar to take from two given options for each dilemma.

As the decision-making exercise itself involves speculation, it is followed by a task that covers what really happened.

The activity was written for the OCR A-level 'Russia and its Rulers' topic but could be used with students at KS3, KS4 or KS5.


An extract from the resource:

Background information

The ruler of Russia in 1905 was Tsar Nicholas II, and he was in a challenging situation. Russia had been undergoing roughly 50 years of turmoil since two key events: a humiliating defeat in the Crimean War of 1853–6 and the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. Also, Nicholas’s grandfather, Alexander II, had been assassinated in 1881, and then both Alexander III and Nicholas II subsequently faced increasing popular resistance.

By 1905, Russia faced the first of a series of revolutions. Whilst the 1905 revolution is not what is popularly referred to as the ‘Russian Revolution’, it still presented several challenges for Nicholas ...

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