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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2008

HIS 383 • Revolutionary Russia

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Course Description

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. Textbooks/Reading: The books will all be available for purchase in paperback editions from the University Co-op, 2246 Guadalupe. Figes, Orlando. A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891- 1924. Pipes, Richard. A Concise History of the Russian Revolution. Read, Christopher. From Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21.. Gatrell, Peter. A Whole Empire Walking: Refugees in Russia During World War I. Rabinowitch, Alexander. The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd. Montefiore, Simon. Young Stalin. Deutscher, Isaac. The Prophet Armed: Trotsky, 1879-1921. Cohen, Stephen. Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938. Stites, Richard. Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution. Goldman, Wendy. Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936. Work/Grading: Weekly reviews of the readings, two pages in length each, constitute the written work for the course. The final grade will be based on class participation as well as on the written work.


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