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Stalinism, 1917-1953


Value: two units


Dr Daniel Beer


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars and supervisions of dissertation through a series of 1-to-1 meetings


Taught unit: Oral Assessment (10%) and 3-hour Exam (90%); dissertation unit: 10,000-word dissertation (100%)

NBNot to be taken in conjunction with Group 2 course unit: HS2248 The Russian Empire 1861-1917

Between the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and the outbreak of World War Two, the Soviet Union experienced a programme of forced modernisation, unprecedented levels of state repression, and the devastation of WWII. During this period, the Stalinist state developed radical policies ranging from economic planning, the creation of a welfare state, draconian measures for the regulation and policing of society, and the development of the GULAG on the one hand, to the cultivation of new individual and group identities, and dissemination of its values through art and literature on the other. The course will examine how these policies amounted to an attempt to sculpt a new society through a combination of forging 'Soviet' citizens, and excising undesirable elements from the body social. It will also explore how different constituencies within Soviet society supported, sought accommodation with, or resisted the values and policies of the state. 


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