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2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 443 - Russian History

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course will introduce the student to Russia through both a geographic and an ethnic analysis of the country. The course will cover the 1917 Revolution and its causes, the establishment of the Communist dictatorship, the formation of Russia, the Stalinist years, and the aftermath of Stalin. The last part of the course will deal with Russian foreign policy and international Communism, with particular emphasis on the Sino-Soviet conflict and its implications. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the difference in meaning between Russia and Soviet Union
  • Evaluate the impact of geography on both Russian and Soviet history
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, development, and nature of Communism in the former Soviet Union
  • Interpret today’s happenings in Russia and the former Soviet Union

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Russian geography/Survey of the Russian republics
  • Survey of Russian history to 1900
  • Principles of Marxism and of Leninism
  • Rise of revolutionary political parties
  • Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
  • Revolution of 1905
  • The Constitutional Experiment
  • World War I
  • The Revolutions of 1917
  • Civil War
  • New Economic Policy
  • Foreign policy in the 1920s
  • Creation of the USSR/Lenin’s death
  • Lenin/Trotsky controversy
  • The Five-Year Plans, Stalin’s consolidation of Totalitarianism
  • Education/religion
  • Russian foreign policy under Stalin
  • World War II
  • Aftermath of World War II and Cold War
  • Death of Stalin and rise of Khrushchev
  • Soviet Union under Khrushchev
  • Soviet Union under Brezhnev
  • Gorbachev, Perestroika, and Glasnost
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union, Commonwealth of Independent States

Dr. Patrick Jung

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