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Unit Overview


The first half of Russia's twentieth century was violent—four revolutions (1905, February and October 1917, and the Stalin Revolution of 1929 to 1932), two World Wars, an extremely destructive Civil War (1918 to 1921–22 and in some regions to 1931), and a whole range of smaller military conflicts. This atmosphere of violence and flux was reinforced by periodic waves of state terror against a variety of groups (from peasants to bureaucrats, and from the intelligentsia to jazz fans).

This unit explores the society which emerged in this cauldron of upheaval and the transformations of this social system in the less tumultuous periods between Stalin's death in 1953 and the 1980s. The unit focuses on the analysis of a wide variety of primary sources—from statistics and newspaper reports to music and film, from novels and memoirs to secret police reports and citizens' letters.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of the discipline of History by critically analysing primary sources; (2) identify and evaluate the methodological problems posed by the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; (4) analyse a wide range of source materials using appropriate methodologies; (5) relate their independent source interpretations to the complex historiographical debates about the history of Russia and the Soviet Union; and (6) present advanced arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly online quiz on assigned readings and content of lectures; (2) participation in workshop teamwork including a 500-word peer assessment of work by the team; and (3) a 3000-word essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Mark Edele
Unit rules
a Level 2 History unit
or EURO2201 European Civilisation
or GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
HIST2238 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992.
HIST3338 Russia and the USSR 1900–1992
Contact hours
26 (lectures: 14 hours
workshops: 12 hours)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.