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Ali F Igmen
HSTEU 440
Seattle Campus

The Communist Experience Around the World

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: either two history or politics of Europe courses. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 440.

Class description

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 and Central Asia. 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

Lectures and discussion.

Recommended preparation

A background on European history would be helpful, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

You will read five books and a number of scholarly articles. There will be two exams and two five page response papers.

Participation: 10% Exams: 50% Response papers: 40%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ali F Igmen
Date: 04/20/2005