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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 392
Course Title: History of Russia: 1825 to Present
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Major historical developments from the death of Alexander I through the coming of Marxism, the Revolution of 1917, Stalin, the Great Patriotic War, the Cold War, to the Commonwealth of Independent States. Prerequisite: Junior standing

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Junior standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Occassional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A History of Soviet Russia
By Dziewanowski, M.K. (Prentice Hall)
Russia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction
By Thompson, John M. (Macmillan)
A History of Russia and the Soviet Union
By Mackenzie, David and Michael Curran (Dorsey)
Course Objectives

• To become acquainted with the basic political/social evolution of Russian civilization as well as the fundamental character of Russian culture, and how they differ from that of the West. • To study the Russian Revolution and the fate of Marxist-Leninism in Russian history. • To acquire a mature understanding of modern Russian history, as well as an appreciation for the dignity of Russian culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

• Describe and analyze the Russian response to the French enlightenment and the French Revolution. • Analyze the coming of Marxism to Russia and the development of revolutionary ideas. • Compare and contrast the various writers and ideas from nineteenth century Russian culture. • Describe Russian imperial policy. • Describe and analyze the freeing of the serfs in Russian and the development of the Narodniki. • Identify and analyze the contributions of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin to the Russian Reformation. • Describe the sequence of events leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. • Discuss the legacy of Stalin, the Great Patriotic War, the Cold War and the fate of the Soviet Union. • Describe the primary events of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union.

Topical Outline:

• Russia and the Enlightenment • The last years of Alexander I • The Iron Tsar • The Tsar Liberator • Russian Literature and Revolutionary Thought • Lenin • Nicholas II • The Great War • The Bolshevik Revolution • The Civil War • Stalin • The Great Patriotic War • The Cold War • Khrushchev • The Soviet Empire • The Collapse of the Soviet Empire • The End of Marxism

Because this course represents an upper-level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinquished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing and historiograpical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., midterms, finals, team reports, quizzes, research papers). The course reading load should be at least 1000 pp,; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words.

Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the History Assessment Test (HAT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Tonia Compton Date: October 17, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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