HIST 241 Fall 2012 The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

The October Revolution of 1917 brought to power in the debris of the Russian Empire a political party committed to the socialist transformation of society, culture, the economy, and individual human consciousness. Less than seventy-five years later, the experiment appeared to end in failure, with the stunning collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Using a combination of primary and secondary sources, this course will explore the nature and historical significance of the Soviet experiment, the controversies to which it has given rise, and the forces, processes, and personalities that shaped the formation, transformation, and ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a map quiz, several short papers based on class readings, and a final self-scheduled exam
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,INST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1406
HIST241-01(F) LEC Rise&Fall of the Soviet Union Division 2: Social Studies Anna Fishzon
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Roger Room 1406
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