This book is part of a series aimed at sixth formers, each dealing with a major theme in depth, illustrated by extracts drawn from primary sources. It deals with the Russian Revolution and puts the period into perspective, highlighting the central issues, main controversies and recent developments. A wide variety of source material has been used in order to give the pupils the maximum amount of experience - letters, speeches, newspapers, memoirs, diaries, official papers, Acts of Parliament, minute books , accounts, local documents and family papers. Pupils will be encouraged by the questions to assess the reliability of evidence, to recognize bias and emotional prejudice, to recognize conflicting accounts and to extract the essential from the irrelevant. It is hoped that students using this material will learn something of the nature of historical inquiry and the role of the historian.