LEAD 440
The Russian Revolution at 100 Spring 2017
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HIST 440 / LEAD 440
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100 years ago the February Revolution of 1917 began a process of revolution through which a new type of political regime attempted to create a modern communist society, economy, and culture. By the 1930s this process of revolutionary transformation had developed into the Stalinist system, characterized by a hypertrophic state, rapid industrialization and the destruction of peasant agriculture, radical social and cultural change combined with traditionalism, and extensive state welfare combined with unprecedented state violence, all presided over by the towering figure of Joseph Stalin. The purpose of this seminar is to enable students to explore the sources and dynamics of this revolutionary process and to assess its meaning and significance in light of the past 100 years through both common readings and a substantial independent research project. Class meetings therefore will be devoted both to the discussion of common readings intended to familiarize students with the main aspects and interpretations of the Revolution, as well as with some of the sources on which these interpretations are based, and to helping students with their research. Research topics can focus on any aspect of the Revolution, defined broadly as the period between 1900 and 1939.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 6-10
Class#: 3947
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short response papers, 2-3 oral presentations, substantial 18- to 25-page research paper, and class discussion
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none, but some familiarity with modern Russian or European history or background in Russian studies would be helpful
Enrollment Preferences: History majors, Leadership Studies concentrators, and students with some background in modern Russian/European history or Russian studies
Unit Notes: Fulfills Advanced Seminar and Group C requirements
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 440 Division II LEAD 440 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia

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