HIST 326: Stalinism

HIST 326-001: Stalinism
(Fall 2024)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Enterprise Hall 276

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Section Information for Fall 2024

This course will examine Joseph Stalin, one of the bloodiest dictators in human history, and Stalinism, the political, economic, social, and cultural system that bears his name. In just three decades of Stalin’s rule, the Soviet Union underwent a radical transformation, as the backward, defeated Russian Empire turned into the feared superpower victor of the Second World War and the primary U.S. opponent of the Cold War. The rapid industrialization, forced collectivization of agriculture, famine, terror, war, and Cold War brought immeasurable suffering to the Soviet people and the peoples of Eastern Europe. Many grew quite expectedly to hate Stalin and Stalinism, yet many others, including many of its victims, were (and some continue to be) enthusiastic supporters of the Stalinist system. The course will explore that seeming paradox and others to understand this man and his system that so dominated the history of the 20th century.

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Credits: 3

Examines Josef Stalin and Stalinism as a political, economic, social, and cultural system, with a focus on the period from Lenin's death in 1924 through Stalin's death in 1953. Explores the history of rapid industrialization, collectivization of agriculture, famine, terror, war, Cold War, and human suffering in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
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This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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