Just wondering if there were any history experts on here that could help me out with what I'm working on at the moment for A2 History. Basically, The question that I was given is:
"How Significant Were the Effects of the Defeat in the Crimea 1856 on Russian Government and Society at the time?"
And I am wondering if anybody would be able to help me look for any good Primary Sources relevant to this question.
Rep will be given to those who find the best sources or links to websites that help me find those sources.
Well if your looking for good primary
sources from the Russian perspective (as its how it effected their government and society) it could be pretty difficult.
What you would be best doing is getting a couple (2-4) of the major texts published by historians on the subject such as Orlando Figes The Crimean War: A History
, then you read it, and quote the primary sources that it will have in it i.e. diary entries from government officials or the Tsar relating to the topic your covering.
Then all you do is make sure that you quote were you got the sources from i.e. the book, and then that's you pretty much set.
I got a first class honours in history and at Uni your not necessarily forced to get primary sources and give your spin on it, your supposed to read the various histories written about the subject, quote from them, and develop the appropriate argument.
For example, the war exposed the shortcomings of Russia vis-a-vis the industrialised west, so as a result, Tsar Alexander II introduced economic reforms designed to modernise Russia, and to change it from a largley feudal/agricultural, into a more industrial power.
You don't need to go to archives and dig all that out to answer an A2 question, all you have to do is read around the topic, and follow the logic of some the historians. They will have primary sources you can use (but you must acknowledge were you got them from!) and will also differ in their opinions of certian issues, which will then allow you to take a side.
That's what I would do anyway, and like I said, I got a first in my History degree, and wrote about Russian society and the First World War.