syl.343.11 - Prof: Charters Wynn Office: GAR 1.120...

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Prof : Charters Wynn Office: GAR 1.120 wynn@mail.utexas.edu Phone: 475-7234 Office Hours: Monday 10-12 & by appointment T.A.: Mehmet Celik Office: BUR 308 mexmetcelik@gmail.com Office Hours: Tuesday 2-3, Thursday 9:30-11:30 HISTORY OF RUSSIA FROM 1917 HIS 343M.39600/ REE 334.45230 UTC 4.112 TTh 12:30-1:45 The sufferings of the Russian people are incomparable.” – Nadezhda Mandelstam It was the Russians who tore the guts out of the German Army .” – Winston Churchill “The most dangerous time for a bad government is when it starts to reform itself.” – Alexis de Tocqueville 1
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Course Description : Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” I hope you will find the country somewhat less perplexing after studying the political, social, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and military developments that shaped Russian history during the 20 th century. We will devote particular attention to four milestones of Soviet history: the Russian Revolution; Stalin’s “Revolution from Above”; World War II; and the Collapse of the Soviet System. We will also focus on the Cold War, why attempts at reform failed under Khrushchev and Gorbachev, and the emergence of a dissident movement during the Brezhnev era. How state policies affected ordinary people will be examined throughout the course. You will gain an appreciation of the almost unimaginable suffering the Soviet people experienced. Many of the readings have been selected with an eye toward introducing you to primary documents and the major historiographic debates in Soviet history. We will also read a memoir and a novel and view film clips and documentary footage. Grading
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