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

Fall 2005

HIS 350L • 41-Stalinist Russia-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38695 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
GAR 201

Course Description

This seminar will examine the Soviet Union during Stalins rule. Attention will be focused on the origins and nature of Stalinism, on the social impact of the states attempt to transform the Soviet Union into an industrial power, the debate over the sources used to study the Great Terror, and the fight to the death in the Great Patriotic War. The everyday lives, hopes, and beliefs of ordinary people will be of particular concern. In all of this we will be, of course, evaluating the role played by Stalin.

Grading Policy

The final grade is based on both the written assignments (75%) and classroom participation (25%).


We will read memoirs and novels as well as the writings of historians. We will also view a documentary and two feature films. Hoffmann, David, ed. Stalinism. Leder, Mary. My Life in Stalinist Russia. Scott, John. Behind the Urals. Chukovskaya, Lydia. Sofia Petrovna. Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon. Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Overy, Richard. Russias War.


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