HIST 3254 The Soviet Union as Multiethnic Empire

3 hours; 3 credits

The history of the Soviet Union as a multiethnic empire, 1917-1991. Topics include Soviet nationality policy; the construction and evolution of the Soviet state and its constituent socialist republics; the evolution and variation of governmental approaches to managing and ?Sovietizing? non-Russian citizens; the ?everyday life? of non-Russian peoples throughout the empire; ethnic discrimination, conflicts, and deportations within the Soviet Union; the elevation of Russia as the ?first among equals;? and the fracturing of the Soviet Union in 1991 along national lines. Emphasis will be placed on the geographic and cultural diversity of the Soviet Union as whole.

Prerequisite: English 1010 or permission of department

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