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An examination of the origins, development, theory and practice of the Russian revolutionary movement from the Pugachev rebellion in 1773-4 to the end of socialism.
This paper will aim to analyse the origins, development and impact of the Russian
Revolutionary Movement on Russian and world history. The Russian Revolution of 1917
and the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991 are arguably two of the most important
events in the political history of the 20th century. As we enter the new millennium
the shock waves emanating from the Revolution still have both a direct and indirect
impact on a whole range of political, economic, ideological, diplomatic and military
issues throughout the world. An appreciation of the revolutionary tradition, ideology,
course and consequences of the Russian Revolution is not, therefore, merely a matter
of historical interest, but something that is crucial to a proper and informed understanding
of the political world in which we live.
By the end of the paper students should gain an understanding of revolutionary ideology, class conflict and revolution in Russian history, together with the significance of individuals, ideas and class conflict as motive forces of change in history. This paper will be based upon primary documents and the memoirs and writings of relevant participants and theorists, all of which are available in English translation.
|Paper title||The Russian Revolutionary Movement|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2023 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,154.90|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,801.79|
- Pre or Corequisite
- 48 300-level HIST points
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History & Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Alexander Trapeznik
Kochan, L., The Making of Modern Russia, Third Edition, London, 1997
Strayer, R., Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse? Understanding Historical Change, New York, 1998
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
Students who successfully complete this paper should understand
- The principal features of Russian history in this period
- What is a revolution? Why revolutions have occurred, the trend in revolutions and revolutions and historical change