HST 254 : Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet History

This course is a survey of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet political, social, economic and intellectual history from 1890 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the legacy and traditions of the Czarist Empire, on the development of Russian Marxism, on the origins, course and effect of the Bolshevik (communist) Revolution and on the major changes within the former Soviet Union since 1991. Prerequisite(s): A passing score on the college's reading and writing placement tests, or a C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092. Three lecture hours per week. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Critical Thinking, Global and Historic Awareness and Human Expression.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: 1. Evaluate a variety of primary and secondary historical sources. 2. Analyze the impact of religious, intellectual, and cultural movements in Russia and the Soviet Union in the 20th Century. 3. Analyze the influence of complex and diverse cultures within Russia and the Soviet Union. 4. Explain how geography shapes personal and cultural values and the collective identity of the Russian people. 5. Explain the development and transformation of the Soviet economy to a post-Soviet economy, as it relates to contemporary issues and challenges.