HISTORY 434 - Russia in the 20th Century: War, Revolution, and Reform
Winter 2018, Section 001
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Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course introduces students to the turbulent and much-misunderstood history of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and now the former Soviet Union. Through lectures, discussions, readings, and films, we will explore how empires were made and collapsed, how nations grew within empires, the aspirations of ordinary people for freedom, equality, and democracy, and the descent into dictatorship and despotism.

This is an area studies course, which is concerned with the history, economy, society, polity, and culture of this region in an integrated manner. The content of the course is varied: politics is explored along with culture; we read texts and look at films. Students need to keep an open mind and realize that an understanding of the region can be best gained from paying attention to different kinds of information and different intellectual approaches. We are interested not only in learning what happened but why it happened in the way it happened. Students should be able to analyze and compare major trends in academic thought about the region and be able to present their own views about these issues. The experiences in this course will hopefully motivate students to take additional courses about the region and in a variety of disciplines. The knowledge gained in the course should help each student decide whether to choose an academic minor, a concentration, or a career in Russian and East European Studies.


HISTORY 434 - Russia in the 20th Century: War, Revolution, and Reform
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