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HI31E - Stalinism in Europe, 1928-1953

  • Module code: HI31E
  • Module name: Stalinism in Europe, 1928-1953
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to examine the phenomenon of Stalinism between 1928 (the beginning of the “Revolution from above”) and 1953 (Stalin’s death). After a discussion of the transformation of the economy, society and culture the focus is on the social and cultural history of Stalinism as a ‘civilisation’. The Soviet leadership attempted to implement a socialist way of life and to construct a socialist identity. The consequences of this attempt for everyday life are considered as are central mythologies of Stalinist propaganda and the ‘culture of violence’. We will also discuss how far Stalinism was a purely Russian/Soviet phenomenon. We will therefore look at the consequences of Stalinism for the international communist movement and for the sovietisation of Eastern Europe after 1945.

Principal learning outcomes

To understand the key social, political and cultural developments occurring within the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1953, be aware of the current debates on Stalinism, have a good knowledge of a wide range of primary sources; To show enhanced research, writing and communication skills; To have had the opportunity to develop an individual research project (4500 words), and as a result an improved ability to evaluate critically a range of secondary and primary sources, and an enhanced capacity for individual and self-motivated study; To develop skills to deal with the historical controversies surrounding Stalinism and to analyse diverse types of primary source materials (including political speeches, propaganda material, diaries, art, and film); To draw on writings in other disciplines, particularly political science, cultural studies, and sociology.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught through 17 1.45 h seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/undergraduate/modules/stalinism

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI31E-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Oral Participation 10%
  Essay 10%
  Essay 40%
  Exam 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 4
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 4
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