Mike W. Campbell
Communism from its origins in Bolshevik faction of Russian social democracy to the present, treating the development of the ideology, the various communist parties, and the communist states. Recommended: two history or politics of Europe courses. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 440.
This course is a history of the Communist movement beginning with its origins in 19th century Marxism and coming down to the present-day transitions to market socialism. It will explore Communism as utopian ideology and a distopian reality and it will pay particular attention to revolutions in Russia, China and central Europe. The final section of the course will examine the former Soviet bloc in transition and the survival of Communist regimes in China, North Korea and Cuba.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some course work in history and or international relations would be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Mid-term; final; readings; discussions: two 5-page papers. Details will follow in the syllabus.
Assigned Texts: Martin Malia, The Soviet Tragedy Robert V. Daniels, A Documentary History of Communism, vol. 2 Vladimir Tismaneanu, Reinventing Politics Heda Kovaly, Under a Cruel Star