HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Fall 2022, Section 004 - Marxism and the Russian Revolution: Between Ideology and History
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History major. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This is a writing intensive course about Marxism and the history of the Russian Revolution in its formative years between the Bolshevik seizure of power in 1917 and the Great Terror of 1937. The course will take us from the unraveling of the old order in Russia during the First World War to the Revolution and Civil War; from the “tactical retreat” of the NEP to the expedited “construction of socialism” through Collectivization; from the heated intra-party ideological struggles of the 1920s to the demonization of the Opposition in the 1930s leading to the bloodbath of the Great Purge. The course will touch on some of the main historiographical debates in the study of twentieth century communism: Were communist regimes totalitarian enterprises directed from above or were they more diffused phenomena fashioned through the interplay of multiple actors from below? Were the regimes’ excesses of violence a distortion of communist ideology or were they one of its logical conclusions? What was the role of Marxist ideology in fashioning the dynamics of the Revolution, and how did it interplay with other factors, such as socio-economic structure, geopolitics, Russian culture, personal ambition and sheer contingency?

Intended Audience:

First-year students; students who need to meet the FYWR.

Schedule

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
11314
Closed
0
2Y1
5Enrollment Management
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 001: This class will be held in the Clement Library.
002 (REC)
 In Person
11315
Closed
0
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
 In Person
18554
Closed
0
3Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (REC)
 In Person
27307
Closed
0
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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