ONLINE: This lecture course will allow students to grasp the many historical elements of the Russian state. It covers the historical background from Kievan to tsarist Russia; the ideology and political foundations of Bolshevik rule; the Soviet state and the Civil War; the New Economic Policy (NEP) and the rise of Joseph Stalin; and collectivization, industrialization and the Great Purge. With this knowledge, students will better understand the fundamental Russian mindset for two following courses: Russian Political Rule From Khrushchev Through Gorbachev and Russian Political Rule From Yeltsin Through Putin. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 30.
Class sessions are recorded.
William Davidshofer holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialization in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Notre Dame. He has taught many OLLI courses, after finishing a 40-year career at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He has recently published a work entitled "Marxism and the Leninist Revolutionary Model."