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HIST412 The Russian Revolutionary Movement

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
Paper code HIST412
Subject History
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
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Pre or Corequisite
48 300-level HIST points
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

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system