HIST 326: Stalinism

HIST 326-DL1: Stalinism
(Spring 2021)



Section Information for Spring 2021

Josef Stalin. The name alone strikes fear. 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. From Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924 until Stalin’s death in 1953, the Soviet Union underwent a radical and lethal revolutionary 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. Through rapid industrialization, forced collectivization of agriculture, famine, terror, war, and Cold War, the Soviet population and the populations of Eastern Europe suffered immensely. Many grew quite expectedly to hate Stalin and Stalinism, yet many others, including many of its victims, were (and many 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 world.

HIST 326 DL1 is a hybrid distance education section. Students should expect to meet online on the day and time scheduled.


Course Information from the University Catalog

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
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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