HIS 350L • Stalin's Russia at War-W
This course will examine the Soviet Union during Stalin's entire rule from 1929-1953 as well as during the fight to the death on the eastern front. Attention will be focused on the social impact of the state's brutally repressive policies and transformation of the Soviet Union into an industrial and military power. Of particular concern, in addition to examining the course of the war itself, will be what the war meant for ordinary Soviet people, both during and after the fighting stopped. We will also look at the debate over Soviet responsibility for the Cold War. In all of this we will be, of course, evaluating the role played by Stalin, or "Uncle Joe" as he was known to the American and British public.
Restricted to students in the Normandy Scholar Program. Application deadline was October 19, 2006; enrollment is closed.
We will read participants' memoirs, a novel, as well as the writings of historians. We will also view documentary and feature films. Overy, Richard. Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort. Barber, John & Harrison, Mark. The Soviet Home Front, 1941-1945. Salisbury, Harrison. The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad. Tumarkin, Nina. The Living and the Dead: The Rise & Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia. Gorssman, Vasily. Life and Fate. Selected Readings (Course Packet).