Fall 2016

Stalin and Stalinism

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-245  |  History, as HIST-235  |  Russian, as RUSS-235


Sergey Glebov (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 235 [EU], EUST 245, and RUSS 235). Joseph Stalin, the infamous Soviet dictator, created a particular type of society in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. Stalinism became a phenomenon that influenced the development of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, and North Korea. The course will begin with the exploration of Stalin’s own life, and then focus on what historical forces enabled the emergence of Stalinism. The course will cover the period on the eve of and during the Russian Revolution, Stalinist transformation of the USSR in the 1930s, WWII, and the onset of the Cold War.  Among issues to be explored are the extent of popular support for Stalinist-type regimes, the mechanisms of large-scale political terror, the longevity of Stalinist regimes, and historical memory about Stalinism. Three class meetings per week.

Fall semester. Five College Professor Glebov.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014, Fall 2016, Spring 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023