Glennys J. Young
This course offers an introduction to the historiography of the Soviet period. It is designed to introduce graduate students in History and in the REECAS M.A. program (as well as in other departments) to the major issues of scholarly debate from the October "revolution" in 1917 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. As Martin Malia has written in _The Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia, 1917-1991_,in the aftermath of the collapse of 1989-1991, "Soviet history is now for the first time really history, and this closure permits us to see the pattern or 'logic' of its life course." Consequently, we will not only think crtically about the the historiography of such topics as the crisis of the Russian autocracy and revolutions of 1917, the construction of Stalinist identity, World War II, and the collapse of the Soviet Union, but also about the meaning of the Soviet period in Russian history as a whole as posited by Malia and others. Although we will read some of the latest work in the field, this course also aims to give you a sense of how the scholarship in the field has evolved over the decades.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Reading knowledge of Russian is recommended, but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly essays, historiographical essay of 15-20 pp., lead discussion and prepare discussion questions for one meeting of the seminar, and thoughtful participation in class discussions.