Spring 2010 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
We will focus on the following: the dynamics of a revolutionary movement leading to Bolshevik victory; the international and internal processes that transformed an international socialist project into a Soviet imperial one; and the endurance of nationalism within the Soviet imperial framework. We will also explore in some depth the role of personalities in politics. In terms of coverage, we begin with the crises of the Romanov regime and study the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the Civil War, the Soviet period, Stalinism, the Second World War, and the Cold War. We move to the arms races and nuclear perils of the Cold War and study the failed efforts to reform the Soviet system. Finally, we will examine the struggles of both Gorbachev and the post-Soviet leadership to integrate their state into a world order dominated by democratic values and capitalist markets while sustaining or reviving the Russian and Soviet empires' traditional great-power status.
THE THREE ESSAYS ARE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE STUDENTS' ABILITY TO USE ARGUMENTS AND EVIDENCE IN THE PRODUCTION OF COGENT HISTORY ESSAYS. THE FINAL EXAMINATION REQUIRES THE APPLICATION OF THESE SKILLS IN TWO IN-CLASS ESSAYS.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-History)(CIR)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(SISP-Hist Conc)
R. Conquest, THE HARVEST OF SORROW
R. Medvedev, POST-SOVIET RUSSIA
J. Scott, BEHIND THE URALS
W. Taubman, KHRUSHCHEV: THE MAN AND HIS ERA
J. Thompson, A VISION UNFULFILLED
Robert Service, STALIN
|Examination 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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