Source B Part of a letter sent to Tsar Nicholas II by his wife fi ve days before he was forced to abdicate in March 1917. He was away with the army and she was talking about events on the streets of Petrograd.
"These street riots are caused by hooligans. Young people stir up trouble by
saying there is no bread simply to create excitement and to stop others from
working. If the weather was very cold they would stay at home. But all this
chaos will pass and everything will become calm."
How useful is Source B for studying the crisis in Russia which led to the abdication of the Tsar in March 1917?
Use Source B and your knowledge to explain your answer. (10 marks)
- Evaluate the nature, origin and purpose; what value and why is it limited?
- Analyse the content of the source; what does it tell us? Use your own knowledge to explain what it does not tell us (and is therefore limited)
The source is useful because it is a letter written by the Tsarina. This is useful as the letter is unlikely to be misleading as it is private and is only aimed to inform the Tsar about events in Petrograd and in addition it was produced in 1917, which makes it a primary source. However, this source may be limited due to the fact that….
The source is also useful as it tells us about “….” which means X. It also says “….” suggesting Y. However, from my own knowledge I know that the Tsar abdicated because of Rasputin. Rasputin did…. And so it affected the Tsar because… The Tsar also abdicated due to WWI….
Conclude – very, not very, quite, fairly, reasonably