Changes in Russian and Soviet politics, economy, culture and society from the revolutions of 1917 to the present.
The Soviet experiment, which ended in 1991, was the most serious attempt ever made to build an ideal society. This paper endeavours to offer a coherent interpretation of Soviet history, explaining what went wrong with the experiment and how it affected the lives of ordinary men and women. The process of modernisation is highlighted, as well as the relationship between political change and economic growth. This paper analyses the history of the Russian people and their society, politics and processes of economic change from the October Revolution of 1917 up until the 1990s.
|Paper title||Modern Russia and the Soviet Union|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- 18 200-level HIST, ARTH or ARTV points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History & Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Alexander Trapeznik
Lowe, N., Mastering Twentieth-Century Russian History, Palgrave, 2002.
In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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- Learning Outcomes
- After completing this paper students should understand:
- The principal features of Russian history in this period
- What went wrong with the Soviet experiment and how it affected the lives of ordinary men and women
- The relationship between political change and economic growth
- Continuities and discontinuities in Russian and Soviet society.