Matthew J. Ouimet
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 transition to market socialism and/or liberal capitalism. It will give particular attention to the victory ofBolshevism in Russia, formation of the Communist International, and the spread of communist governments to China, Eastern Europe, and the Third World. Wrapping up the course will be a look at the process of transition toward liberal market principles after 1989.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
There are two options for undergraduates. Option one involves taking a midterm and a final along with two book reports roughly five pages in length. Option two involves writing eight 3-4 page essays on topics assigned in the syllabus. These will be based on primary documents assigned in class readings. Class meetings will include lectures and discussion.
Two courses in modern European history or politics.
Class assignments and grading