Spring 2023 - HIST 335 D100

The Soviet Project (4)

Class Number: 4799

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • 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.


Russia in the Twentieth Century

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.


  • Tutorial participation 15%
  • Weekly writing assignments 15%
  • Midterm essay test 35%
  • Final essay test 35%


Requirements and Grading: There will be two essay tests (midterm and final). The remaining portion of the course grade will be based on tutorial participation and weekly (or almost weekly) written exercises, aka short response papers (of 2-3 pages each, double-spaced). 



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

Mikhail Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog.

Milovan Djilas, Conversations with Stalin.

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

Kenez, Bulgakov and Djilas are available in e-format on VitalSource:


Sean Walker’s book is available in e-format on RedShelf:  https://www.redshelf.com/

All these books are also available in physical form.  


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