REE 385 • Stalinist Russia
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The purpose of this graduate reading course is to introduce students to the literature and historiographic debates in Russian history from the end of the imperial regime to the beginning of the Stalinist era. The readings, a mix of older and newer works, will focus on both the "high" politics of the period and the social and political pressure from below.
Five critical reviews of the readings, 4-5 pages in length each, constitute the written work for the course. The final grade is based on both the written assignments (75%) and classroom participation (25%).
Kuromiya, Hiroyaki. Stalin. Viola, Lynne. Peasant Rebels under Stalin: Collectivization and the Culture of Peasant Resistance. Fitzpatrick, Sheila. Stalin's Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village after Collectivization. Kotkin, Stephen. Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization. Goldman, Wendy. Women, the State, and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936. Fitzpatrick, Sheila. Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times. Northrop, Douglas. Veiled Empire: Gender & Power in Stalinist Central Asia. Conquest, Robert. The Great Terror: A Reassessment. Getty, J. Arch. The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939. Rayfield, Donald. Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him. Overy, Richard. Russia_'s War: A History of the Soviet War Effort: 1941-1945. Roberts, Geoffrey. Stalin_'s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953. Taubman, William. Khrushchev: The Man and His Era.