Year 12 - History – Revolutions Unit 3-4


Would you like to reinvent the society you live in today? What would you revolutionise? Few events in history are as momentous or complex as revolutions. Growing out of a desire for new and better societies, they generate powerful forces for change along with unintended consequences. Revolutions can bring hope, liberation, transformation, dispossession, civil war, terror and corruption.

The French, American, Chinese or Russian Revolutions are selected from for this course and in 2010 the course covered the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. Both begin with the overthrow of the old imperial regime and result in new communist societies, and both are of global significance in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Students study one revolution in Unit 3 and the other revolution in Unit 4, investigating:
•    the origins of the revolution
•    the role of ideas, leaders, movement and events in the revolution
•    the challenges faced by the emerging new order and the nature of the new society created by the revolution



School assessed coursework and an end of year exam.

•    Unit 3 School Assessed Coursework:  25%

•    Unit 4 School Assessed coursework:  25%
•    Unit 3 & 4 Exam:  50%



Textbooks may change, see current booklist.


Please note:

There are no prerequisites for entry to Revolutions Units 3 and 4, although Twentieth Century History is recommended.


“A revolution is not a dinner party.” Mao Zedong

“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” Vladimir Lenin

“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” Pearl Buck


“In studying Revolutions and 20th Century History I gained an insight in to the defining moments of the 20th century and the revolutions that have shaped the world we live in to day.” Past student