Fall 2023

Stalin and Stalinism

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-245  |  History, as HIST-235  |  Russian, as RUSS-235


Sergey Glebov (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 235 [EU/TC/TE/TR/TS], EUST 245 and RUS 235) Joseph Stalin, the infamous Soviet dictator, created a particular type of society in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. Stalinism became a phenomenon that influenced the development of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, and North Korea. The course will begin with the exploration of Stalin’s own life and then focus on what historical forces enabled the emergence of Stalinism. It will cover the period on the eve of and during the Russian Revolution, Stalinist transformation of the USSR in the 1930s, WWII, and the onset of the Cold War. Among issues to be explored are the extent of popular support for Stalinist-type regimes, the mechanisms of large-scale political terror, the longevity of Stalinist regimes, and historical memory about Stalinism. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester. Professor Glebov.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents, images, music, films, or statistics from the historical period under study. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about historical topics. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and intensive in-class discussions.

EUST 245 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM WEBS 217
Th 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM WEBS 217


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2014, Fall 2016, Spring 2021, Fall 2023