Revolutionary Russia, 1917 – 1991

Understand and discuss the Soviet Empire built Lenin and Stalin and the slow crumbling of that political and economic system

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Course outline

This course discusses the building of the Soviet Empire by Lenin and Stalin and the slow crumbling of that political and economic system. More recent experiments under Presidents Yeltsin and Putin will also be considered, including the partial resurrection of the Romanovs.

To mark the centenary of the 1917 revolution much new writing has come out and this course will take advantage of the new scholarship. The course begins in 1917 with the collapse of the political, social and cultural structure of imperial Russia. It discusses the building of the Soviet Empire by Lenin and Stalin and the slow crumbling of that political and economic system. More recent experiments under Presidents Yeltsin and Putin will also be considered, including the partial resurrection of the Romanovs.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to identify key personalities and major themes in Russian history since 1917. They will be able to critically read and discuss recent historical writing and contemporary comment. They will be encouraged to explore the links between culture and History.
Students will be able to understand major economic, social, and political developments in modern Russia.

Who should attend?

Participants who want to increase their knowledge of recent European/Russian history and culture. People who enjoy purposeful reading (without exams) and those who may be intending to travel in Europe/Russia. People with an interest in current affairs.
Potential students who wish to have a ‘taste’ of university experience before embarking on a degree in Arts.

Details

  • 4 x Thursdays, 26 July - 16 August, 10am – 12pm
  • $185.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Judith Bassett

Seminar presenter

Judith Bassett

Judith Bassett

Judith taught Early Modern European History at The University of Auckland for many years. She is a graduate of the University of Auckland in History and Law. Her interest in European History includes Russia and France as well as a deep appreciation of the court culture of England in the 16th and 17th centuries and the popular culture of England in that time.

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