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Academic Year 2002/2003
Russian and Soviet History 1881 to the Present
HIST 219 SP
This course studies in considerable depth revolutionary and postrevolutionary Russia, war, Communism, NEP, the rise of Stalin, collectivization and industrialization, the Great Purges, the Second World War,
the Soviet Union's rise and decline as a superpower, Gorbachev's gamble, his regime's collapse in 1991, Yeltsin's and Patin's government. Political, social, economic and cultural developments will be examined, with
attention to Lenin's adaptation of Marxism, the role of individual leaders in a context of forced industrialization, the impact of Stalinism on Lenin's "experiment."
R. Conquest, THE HARVEST OF SORROW
J. Dunlop, THE RISE OF RUSSIA AND THE FALL OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE
S. Fitzpatrick, STALIN'S PEASANTS
E. Ginzburg, JOURNEY INTO THE WHIRLWIND
KHRUSHCHEV: THE YEARS IN POWER
Scott, BEHIND THE URALS
H. Smith, THE RUSSIANS
J. Thompson, A VISION UNFULFILLED
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Examinations: A three-hour final. Papers: Three 6-8 page essays.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
This course ordinarily is given as a lecture course. However, there are usually ten minutes of discussion at the end of the lecture and several scheduled discussions.
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