Spring 2020 - HIST 335 D100

The Soviet Project (4)

Class Number: 4622

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2020
    Tue, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Ilya Vinkovetsky
    1 778 782-4306
    Office: AQ 6244
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



An examination of the history of the Soviet Union from its creation to its collapse, emphasizing its ideology, culture, role in global politics, and social and economic transformations.


This course covers the history of the Soviet Union from its creation to its collapse.  Particular emphases will be on the context out of which that state emerged, how it was constructed and maintained, and how it fell apart.

The Soviet Union was not merely a state; it also represented an attempt to forge an alternative civilization – a dream to some and a nightmare to others.  The drama of the Soviet project dominated much of the twentieth century.  In this course, we will trace this drama and its legacy.  We will consider the history of the Soviet Union from start to finish, and look into the USSR’s ideology, culture, social and economic transformations, and role in global politics.


  • There will be one (7- to 11-page) paper, a map quiz during the second week of the semester, short writing assignments and possible quizzes, plus a midterm and a final. Grading breakdown:
  • Tutorial participation 15%
  • Short writing assignments & quizzes 10%
  • Paper 20%
  • First test 20%
  • Second test 35%



Peter Kenez, A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to Its Legacy.

Milovan Djilas, Conversations with Stalin.

Shaun Walker, The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.

  Mikhail Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog.

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