HIST 4395: World Revolutions: Russia, 1917
This course studies Russia’s 1917 revolutions, which overthrew a three-hundred-year-old dynasty and gave birth to the first socialist state. We consider the events of 1917 in the context of the early 20th century, a period in Russia that included massive social transformation, profound cultural creativity, three revolutions (1905, February 1917, and October 1917), and three wars (RussoJapanese War, World War I, and Russian Civil War). We will read influential political thinkers (Lenin, Stalin), literary figures (Bely, Zamyatin, Blok, Pasternak), and film-makers (Eisenstein, Vertov) who shaped Russian revolutionary period and global history. Topics include: nationality, mass politics, violence, utopianism, socialism, and memory.
A great way to prepare for our trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg in May 2017!