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Spring 2012-2013
* HIS 362 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Soviet Empire

James W. Heinzen

An examination of the transformation of the Russian Empire into the Soviet Empire. Topics include: the invention and unfolding of single-party revolutionary politics, the expansion of the machinery of state, the onset and development of Stalin's personal despotism, the violent attempt to create a noncapitalist society, the experiences and consequences of the monumental war with Nazi Germany, and the various postwar reforms. Special attention paid to the dynamics of the new socialist society, the connection between the power of the state and everyday life, the bloc, and the 1991 collapse.

Sample reading list:
Chukovskaia, Sofia Petrovna
Bulgakov, The Heart of a Dog
Khrushchev, Memoirs
Kunitz, Dawn Over Samarkand: Rebirth of Central Asia
Voinovich, The Fur Hat
Hindus, Red Bread

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading per week.

Final Exam - 40%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Quizzes - 6%
Term Paper(s) - 34%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41790 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th   Peyton Hall   145   Enrolled:26 Limit:60
P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Peyton Hall   33   Enrolled:9 Limit:13
P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:6 Limit:13
P03 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:7 Limit:13
P04 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Dickinson Hall   230   Enrolled:4 Limit:13