HIST 419

Soviet Union

A survey of Soviet history from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of communism in 1991. Major topics include the revolutionary upheaval of 1917, Soviet policies toward national minorities and religious groups, Stalinism, socialist realism, World War II, the "developed socialism' of the Khrushchev and Brezhnev years, the Cold War, and Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika reforms.