Russian History from World War 1 to Present Day: Steve Lowe

"We will look at the causes of the revolution to the revolution itself, and where it started to go wrong. Then we will look at the era of Stalin and the tensions between the wars, then World War 2, when the Soviet Union and USA and Britain were allies. We shall chart the beginnings and deepening of the Cold War, up to the thawing between Gorbachev and the West, then the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of the new rich. Finally, we shall chart the rise of Putin and how Russia is faring under his leadership."

Tutor: Steve Lowe

"Steve Lowe is a journalist, academic and one-time local politician. He first began working for Bedfordshire on Sunday as a political reporter and commentator in 1996. In 1999 he became the news editor and in 2000 the editor. After leaving in 2014 he has worked as a freelance journalist. Steve gained a BSc (Hons) at the OU in Politics and an MSc at Birkbeck College, University of London, in European Politics and Globalisation. He has lectured on politics and journalism at the University of Bedfordshire, Press Association, and at many colleges and secondary schools."