Special Course Descriptions

HIS 394 12:The Stalin Era in Russia

This course will trace the rise of Joseph Stalin to leadership of the Soviet Union in the 1920s to his death in 1953. We will examine the ruthless political struggles that brought Stalin to unquestioned personal dictatorship, the gargantuan industrialization program, the Great Terror of the mid-1930s, the epic confrontation with Nazi Germany, and the dawn of Cold War and return to terror in the postwar era. Students will conduct research on a topic of their choosing in this field.

Prerequisite: One year in introductory sequence in history required. This course is especially recommended for students interested in joining the summer '09 trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg with Professor Black.