HIST 485 Spring 2013 Stalinist Terror and the New Man (W)

The Bolsheviks strove to engineer a new type of person--socially active, cultivated, healthy, enthusiastic, and ready to build socialism. The methods used and the results produced in the name of this goal included acts of monumental heroism and violence, narratives of human progress, and chronicles of arguably the most egregious human rights violations of the 20th century. In this course we will look at the ways historians, memoirists, and filmmakers have approached the period known as Stalin's Great Purge and Terror (1936-1939), attempting to answer questions to do with culpability, meaning, commitment, belief and disguise, fear, and betrayal. Dualistic concepts and categories like state/society, resistance/collusion, and domination/submission have engendered much controversy among scholars applying them to a time when victims and perpetrators were difficult to distinguish and often the same individuals. The course charts historical analyses and disputes around topics such as: the crimes of communism,"revolution from above," Stalin's personality, popular participation in show trials, the family and everyday life during the Terror, Stalinist science, and Soviet subjectivity.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: students will write and present papers every other week and will critique the papers of their tutorial partner in the weeks when they are not presenting
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3556
HIST485-T1(S) TUT Stalinist Terror and New Man (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Anna Fishzon
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