About this Course
4.7
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20 reviews
The course presents the life and deeds of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from 1924 till 1953. It analyses the reasons for his actions and their results, as well as the causes of his popularity in Russia today. It offers an analysis of the phenomenon of Stalinism and of its significance for Russia and beyond. In the late 1920s – early 1930s Stalin directed the massive and rapid industrialisation of the country and the forced collectivisation of its agriculture. The industrialisation was based on forced labour, and collectivisation on repression, but both helped to create the material base for the Soviet defence industry. In the late 1930s Stalin unleashed mass terror against the Soviet people, in which millions perished. In his view this helped to rid the country of any potential internal enemies on the eve of the coming war. The USSR, together with its allies, won the Second World War, but at the cost of dozens of millions of lives. Stalin was instrumental in creating the post-war order. The system which he created in the 1930s shaped the USSR as it was during his lifetime and for decades after his death. It also influenced the lives of millions of people beyond the Soviet borders. The course will enable those who take it to develop an informed understanding of the Stalin era and of the phenomenon of Stalinism....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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3 hours to complete

Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History. About this Course.

The first lecture introduces students to the course and to imperial Russia, the country in which Stalin was born. It describes social and economic condition and the political situation in the Russian Empire in the late 19th - early 20th century. The last part of the lecture describes Stalin’s childhood and discusses his personality and the reasons for his turn to radical revolution....
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9 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
1.1. Introduction7m
1.2.The Structure of this Course4m
1.2.1. The Russian Empire: the society, part 1.6m
1.2.2. The Russian Empire: the society, part 24m
1.2.3. The Russian Empire: regional differences3m
1.2.4.Revolutionary Movements in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century8m
1.3.1.Stalin’s Childhood6m
1.3.2. Becoming a Revolutionary6m
Reading1 reading
Glossaries10m

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3 hours to complete

Between the Two Revolutions

Lecture 2 describes Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and the place and role of the Bolsheviks in them. It follows Stalin’s career in the Bolshevik party and describes his activities during both revolutions....
Reading
7 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
2.4.2. The Aftermath of the Revolution5m
2.5.1. Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. Stalin Meets Lenin. Stalin’s First Marriage10m
2.5.2. Stalin’s Revolutionary Activities. In Prison and in Exile11m
2.6.1. The 1917 February Revolution10m
2.6.2. Stalin in the February Revolution5m
2.6.3. The Bolsheviks’ Push for Power12m
Reading1 reading
Glossaries10m

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3 hours to complete

The Leader

Lecture 3 describes the creation of the Soviet state by the Bolsheviks, the Civil War that followed, War Communism and Lenin’s turn to the New Economic Policy. It analyses Stalin’s role in the Soviet government and in the Civil War, his crushing of his political rivals and opponents and his route to power in the Bolshevik party and in the Soviet state. ...
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6 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
3.7.2. The Intervention and the Civil War5m
3.7.3. Stalin in the Civil War9m
3.7.4. The New Economic Policy (NEP) and the 10th Party Congress6m
3.8.1. Lenin against Stalin10m
3.8.2. Stalin’s Triumph9m
Reading1 reading
Glossaries10m

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Stalin's Revolution from Above

Lecture 4 analyses Stalin’s ‘revolution from above’ and the new social and economic order created by Stalin. It outlines Stalin’s reasons for collectivisation and industrialisation and the way in which they were implemented. It analyses the human and economic costs of Stalin’s radical transformation to the country and its people....
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4 videos (Total 46 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
4.9.2. Collectivisation Begins13m
4.10.1. Industrialisation: the advance10m
4.10.2. Industrialisation: the retreat12m
Reading2 readings
Creative Art during the Stalin Era10m
Glossaries10m
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Top Reviews

By MAMar 22nd 2018

Very interesting course. Well taught and good materials. Note that coursework relies on weekly mini-essays and a final longer essay.

By NRSep 14th 2017

Very good course for interested persons that covers a large part of 20th century Russia.

Instructor

Irina Filatova

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Faculty of Humanities / School of History

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