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Spring 2013-2014
* HIS 362 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Soviet Empire

Stephen Kotkin

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:
Trotsky, The Russian Revolution
Bulgakov, The Heart of a Dog
Milosz, The Captive Mind
Kunitz, Dawn Over Samarkand: Rebirth of Central Asia
Voinovich, The Fur Hat
Orwell, Animal Farm

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

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 17%
Final Exam - 33%
Papers - 17%
Term Paper(s) - 33%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PDF option is not available to History concentrators..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42236 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   Architecture Building   N101   Enrolled:51 Limit:65
43981 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
43982 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43983 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Friend Center   304   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
43984 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
44269 P05 9:00 am - 9:50 am F   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:13 Limit:11 Closed
43492 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled