Historiography of Soviet Societies: An Introduction to History and Anthropology
- To familiarize students with main events and phenomena of Soviet history
- To develop understanding of historical processes and ways of their interpretation
- To discuss main historiographical debates and approaches to Imperial/Soviet history
- Knowing main classic and novel historiographic approaches
- knowledge of how to analyze key features of text and narrative as historical sources, including the issues surrounding texts’ authorship and edition, and its status as original or copy.
- Late Russian Empire to Early Soviet Project
- Soviet national policy in interwar period
- Soviet gender order
- Ideology of Space/Scape of Ideology
- Cold War Soviet
- DiscussionStudents attend classes and participate in discussions
- Review essayTo successfully complete the course, students must submit a review of a selected book or two (and more) articles related to the scope of the course but beyond the obligatory reading list. This work piece should meet the following criteria: the review critically discusses the main topic, scope, arguments, and thesis/conclusions of the selected piece. What does this work say? What is its main field/topic/scope? Who is the author? What arguments do the author suggest? How can you evaluate them – are they reliable, debatable, contributing to the historiography/our knowledge? Make sure that you discuss rather than retell. the review should give advice on whether the reader is worth addressing this research piece or not. In other words, conclude your review with a recommendation to read or neglect this work. the length is between two and three pages (Times New Roman, 12) you can use additional secondary and primary sources to support your criticism.
- Suny, R. G. (1997). Chapter 11: The Russian Empire. In After Empire (978-0813329642) (pp. 142–154). Taylor & Francis Ltd.
- The structure of Soviet history : essays and documents, , 2003
- The Cambridge history of Russia. Vol.3: The twentieth century, , 2006
- The Soviet experiment : Russia, the USSR, and the successor states, Suny, R. G., 1998