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190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Global Political Ideologies of the 20th Century

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
5 year, 1, 2 module


Course Syllabus


In the fateful year of 1917, a revolutionary zeitgeist swept Russia, bringing Lenin and the Bolsheviks to power in Petrograd. The revolutions of 1917 in Russia – in February and October (November) – collectively constituted one of several outcomes of the First World War. They indicated that the pre-1914 world of the Fin de Siècle and La Belle Époque had now been cast into history and that a new age of ideologies was struggling to be born. This course examines the 20th century as an epoch of ideologies, which itself was rooted in the earlier period of the “long 19th century,” encompassing the French and Industrial revolutions and the rise of nationalism. The scope of the course is global, covering developments in Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and South and East Asia. As will be seen, the history of this century was guided by various “isms” – liberalism, socialism, nationalism, fascism, and communism, to name only a few. Such ideas shaped the cultural, political, and social contexts, contours, and developments of global history throughout this period. Through this course, students will discover the ways in which this highly consequential age of ideologies definitively shaped our world as we know it today.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The primary objective of the course will be to develop the ability to independently and critically analyze the main ideas and ideologies that informed the global history of the 20th century. The course materials and lectures will provide the basis for developing these skills.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Аnalyze and describe the main ideas undergirding the history of the 20th century
  • Weigh arguments and evidence using critical and creative thinking
  • Critically evaluate source materials and historical literature
  • Investigate and synthesize primary and secondary sources
  • Conceptualize problems and questions from different perspectives
  • Work in teams to examine and solve problems collaboratively and democratically
  • Develop and deliver oral presentations and enhance communication skills
  • Conduct independent research on their own
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Course Introduction, From Enlightenment to Revolution
  • Industrial “Revolution” and Social Response, The Rise of Nationalism and the Nation-State
  • Imperialism, Revolution, and Reaction in the Global Fin de Siècl. Film: The New Babylon (1929)
  • Into the Abyss: World War I and Its Outcomes . Film excerpts: J’accuse (1919)
  • The Russian Revolution. Primary Source Groups Assigned
  • Fascism and Nazism. Film Excerpts: Metropolis (1927)
  • Between Two Worlds: The American New Deal and Stalinism in the USSR
  • Ideological Divides Between World War II and the Cold War
  • Post-War, East and West. Film excerpts: Bicycle Thieves (1948). Groups for In-Class Debate Announced
  • Maoism in China and Anti-Colonialism
  • 1960s Social Revolution, East and West
  • Global Ideologies Between Stagnation and Reform
  • The End of History?
  • Ideology’s Long Shadow and the Legacy of the 20th Century
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class Participation
  • non-blocking Quizzes
  • non-blocking Primary Source Analysis
  • non-blocking In-Class Debate
  • non-blocking Final exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 учебный год 2 модуль
    0.15 * Class Participation + 0.3 * Final exam + 0.15 * In-Class Debate + 0.2 * Primary Source Analysis + 0.2 * Quizzes


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Scales, L., & Zimmer, O. (2005). Power and the Nation in European History. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=138984

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kubok, D. (2018). Thinking Critically: What Does It Mean? : The Tradition of Philosophical Criticism and Its Forms in the European History of Ideas. Boston: De Gruyter. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1636981