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HIS 186 — Revolutionary Russia

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 13—Mar 17
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 15
Units: 2
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Kristen Edwards
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 13—Mar 17
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 15
2 Units
Fees
$485
Instructor(s):
Kristen Edwards
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Russia experienced a dramatic political, economic, and cultural revolution during most of the 20th century. In this course, we will analyze various radical movements that shaped this superpower, including the early 20th-century revolutionaries, the Bolshevik victory of 1917, the transformation of Russian society by the Communist Party, the myriad opposition movements of the 1970s and 1980s, Gorbachev’s Perestroika, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. During the final week of the course, we will discuss the extent to which Vladimir Putin is attaching himself to the Russian revolutionary tradition. As the cultural part of this survey, we will examine cutting-edge film, art, and literature inspired by the revolutionary spirit permeating Russian and Soviet society (Sergei Eisenstein’s "montage," the proletarian art of the Proletkult movement, Maxim Gorky’s literary Socialist Realism). We will discuss books from acclaimed historians of the Soviet Union: Peter Kenez (A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to Its Legacy) and Orlando Figes (The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia). The course will finish with a biography of Putin written by the Russian American journalist Masha Gessen (The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin).

Kristen Edwards, Senior Lecturer in History, Notre Dame de Namur University

Kristen Edwards received a PhD in history from Stanford and has taught Russian, European, and world history in the Bay Area for over twenty years. She has contributed to Seventeen Moments in Soviet History (an online media archive) and led travel/study trips to Russia, and is currently researching the labor movement in Russian higher education.