HISTORY 329 - Social Science Topics in History
Section: 002 Stalin and Stalinism
Term: WN 2019
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Arguably, Stalin was the most powerful man in the world at the time of his death. He controlled not only the Soviet Union and much of Eastern Europe but also had enormous influence over the nearly billion people of China. He had turned the revolution of 1917 into an authoritarian dictatorship based on terror and police infiltration, yet was admired by intellectuals and activists around the world and adored by millions of his own citizens. This course will explore the roots of Stalinism, first through the biography of the dictator himself, then through a study of the ideology and practices of the Soviet system in the Stalinist years (1928-1953). Special emphasis will be placed on the Cold War and Stalin’s foreign policy, but other topics will include the collectivization of the peasantry, the Great Terror of 1936-1938, and the Soviet struggle against Nazism in World War II.

Besides historical and political science works, students will read some fiction dealing with the period, as well as watch two films about the period. Each class period will be divided into a lecture followed by discussion of the readings. The course is both an introduction into the historical literature on a crucial period of twentieth century history and a way to understand a society that stands at the opposite pole from democratic capitalist countries. Questions raised by studying the rise and maintenance of a powerful dictatorship, the major opponent of the United States in the Cold War, can help dedicated students to understand the variety of political solutions to problems of social transformation.

Course Requirements:

1. All students will complete the readings and participate in the discussions.
2. All students will prepare a mid-term paper (6-8 pages, typed, double spaced), which will analyze the readings to date. Midterm papers are due at the beginning of class on February 27, 2019.
3. All students will select and read a book of their choice, in consultation with the instructor, on the Soviet Union and World War II and deliver a short oral report on the reading in the March 13, 2019 class. Suggestions are given at the end of the syllabus.
4. All students will report on their research and write a final research paper (12-15 pages, typed, double spaced) based on a topic that has been discussed with the instructor. Final papers are due to the instructor by 5:00 pm on April 23, 2019.
All the materials on CANVAS are under History 329, to which all registered students have access. The syllabus and examinations will also be on CANVAS.

HISTORY 329 - Social Science Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
002 (LEC)
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 9780156225915
Conversations with Stalin, Author: Djilas, Milovan, 1911-1995., Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co 1992
ISBN: 9780521616539
Stalin : a new history, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2006
ISBN: 0156027518
Journey into the whirlwind, Author: Ginzburg, Evgenii?a?., Publisher: Harcourt 1975
ISBN: 9780195304206
Cold peace : Stalin and the Soviet ruling circle, 1945-1953, Author: Gorlizki, Yoram., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2006
ISBN: 0253349532
Red bread : collectivization in a Russian village, Author: Hindus, Maurice, (1891-1969), Publisher: Indiana University Press post
ISBN: 0472030523
Lenin's last struggle, Author: Moshe Lewsin, Publisher: Universiy of MichiganPress PAPER 2005
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