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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV1006 Russian History and Society 2

10 creditsClass Size: 45

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2006/07

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Important: places on this course are limited, and will be granted on a first- come, first-serve basis, but only after Russian students have been registered for it. For this reason, students wishing to take this module as an elective will need to come to the Electives Fair in September for enrolment. In this module we conclude the exploration into the history of Russia and the USSR begun in its natural prelude, Russian History and Society 1 (SLAV1005). Initially, we will take a thematic approach, examining classes and underdogs in Russian society (peasants, military, intelligentsia, religious believers and women). Subsequent sessions continue our chronological study of Russian history, starting with why the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917 and the reasons for their victory in the Civil War. Our survey of the remaining Soviet years includes the harsh Stalin era, the `breath of fresh air' under Khrushchev, Brezhnev?s `era of stagnation' and Gorbachev?s brave but ill-fated reforms. You will be given a selection of important primary sources and be shown video clips from a variety of historical Russian films and relevant documentaries.Russian History and Society 2 is a level 1 module. There are no preconditions for taking it (for instance, you do not need to know any Russian or to have taken Russian History and Society 1). Teaching is by a mixture of weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars and includes an essay skills workshop. Assessment is by two essays of approximately 1,500 words, each of which will count for 50% of your total mark.For more information, please contact the Departmental Secretary Mrs A. Guliyeva (


To continue the introduction to Russian history and culture from Peter the Great to Gorbachev begun in Russian History and Society 1.


The themes include political and religious conformity and dissent, Russia in Asia, nationality policies, art and architecture, social and environmental problems.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Methods of assessment

Two assessed essays of approximately 1,500 words each.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/03/2007


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