HIST 340
Marxism after Marx: The Socialist Movement in Europe and Beyond Spring 2019
Division II
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This course traces the development of the socialist movement after the death of Karl Marx, focusing on the rise and fall of the Second and Third Internationals during the war-torn years of the early 20th century. As Marxism spread East, particularly after the Russian Revolution, it became a global phenomenon with important homes in Asia (China), Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas (Cuba, Chile). Although this course cannot study all these movements, it will focus on the most important moments in this evolution, from the split between reform and revolution in the Second International, to the split between Trotskyism and Stalinism in Russia, the Sino-Soviet conflict and the evolution of Maoism in the 1960s, the student rebellions of 1968, and the formidable impact of the Cuban Revolution in stimulating revolutions in the New World and in Southern Africa. Finally, the class will assess the strength and relevance of Marxism in the world today.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 3284
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers (5-8 pages), one long paper (10-12 pages), class participation, and at least one oral report
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students who have taken HIST 339 and History majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia

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