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070604 KU Russia in Global History (fspr.) (2006W)

Russia in the Global History of the "Short " 20th Century

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

Montag, 10:00-18:00 Uhr, 16.10., 20.11.2006, 11.12.2006 und 15.1.2007 im Prominentenzimmer
Beginn: 16. Oktober 2006


max. 25 participants
Language: English



Currently no class schedule is known.


Aims, contents and method of the course

While Social-Democrats - Russian as well as Western - in the beginning of the 20th century were democratically and internationally minded, the reality of Soviet society developed to be a Communist Party-dictatorship oriented toward a self-sufficient economy, earning currency by exporting raw-materials. Early (then Communist) Polish critics have analysed the new society as "Monopoly-socialism". The history of the Soviet Union and following 1945 the "socialist World-System" from the revolution in 1917 till the breakdown of 1989/91 will focus on global interactions in the fields of ideas, migrations, political institutions, economies and the military. Topics inter alia might be: theories of revolution and global liberation, democracy and dictatorship, Socialism in one country, catching-up industrialisation and forced labour, global wars (Soviet Civil, 2nd World-War, Cold War), globalisation of human rights, new division of labour and information-revolution; Imperial overstretch and new nationalism. From (semi-)periphery to (semi-)periphery ?
The course will be organised in three steps: 1. (October 16th) a general overview by the Prof. Nolte, following (November 20th) common reading and then (December 11th and January 15th) presentations by students.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Common Reading: Geoffrey Hosking: Russia and the Russians. Cambridge/Mass. 2001 , Pbk 2003, pages 355 - 613 (fine pictures; please buy for making notes when learning: 16,78 E:)
My own book H.-H. Nolte: Kleine Geschichte Russlands, ³Stuttgart 2003 is cheap (Reclam 9696, Pbk. 11 E ) but in German; here pages 164 - 380 (Many statistical tables and graphs).
Further reading: Marshall T. Poe: The Russian Moment in World History, Princeton/NJ 2003
Eric Hobsbawm: The Age of Extremes, New York 1995
Paul Dukes: The Superpowers. A short history, London 2000
Magnum Opus: E.H. Carr: A History of Soviet Russia (1950 ff.) Pbk.: Pelican-Books London 1966 ff.; cf. M.Cox Ed.: E.H.Carr. A Critical Appraisal, London 2004
Orlando Figes: A People's Tragedy. The Russian Revolution 1891-1924, London 1996
Sheila Fitzpatrick Ed.: Stalinism. New Directions, New York 2000
Robert C. Stuart, Paul A. Gregory: The Russian Economy, New York 1955
Anne Applebaum: Gulag. A History, New York 2003
Roger Chickering, Stig Förster Eds.: The Shadows of Total War, Cambridge 2003; A World at Total War, Cambridge 2005
Gerhard L. Weinberg: A World at Arms, Cambridge 1994
Richard Overy, R. J. Overy: Russia's War. London 1998
Robert W. Thurston, Bernd Bonwetsch Ed.: The People's War, Urbana/Ill. 2000
Melvyn Leffler, David S. Painter Ed.: Origins of the Cold War, London 1994
Robert J. McMahon: The Cold War. A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2003
John L. Gaddis: The US and the Origins of the Cold War, New York 2000
Yale Richmond: Cultural Exchange and the Cold War, University Park /PA 2003
Moshe Lewin: The Gorbachev Phenomenon, Berkeley/Ca 1989
David E. Hoffman: The Oligarchs. Wealth and Power in the New Russia, New York 2002

Association in the course directory

R4; MWG08

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