HIS 350L • Revolutionary Russia-W
The revolutionary turmoil, which began in 1905 and came to an end with the emergence of Stalinism in 1929, makes a superb topic for a seminar because it provides an unusually compressed and focused forum in which to examine the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics at work in early twentieth-century Russia. The Russian experience forms much of the prism through which we view processes of revolutionary change. Moreover, the mass and variety of scholarly attention lavished on it makes Revolutionary Russia an ideal subject for studying different approaches to history. The issue of possible alternative outcomes, which has always engaged Western historians of the Russian Revolution, is now a matter of considerable interest in the former Soviet Union, which once again finds itself in a state of flux, facing an uncertain future.
During the course of the semester students will write four critical reviews of assigned reading, four-five pages in length each.
Read, Christopher. From Tsar to Soviets. Pipes, Richard. A Concise History of the Russian Revolution. Figes, Orlando. A People's Tragedy.