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HIST 3372. THE SOVIET UNION, 1917-1991. 3 Hours.

The history of the Soviet Union from its birth as a utopian experiment in October 1917 to its final collapse, under the weight of institutionalized corruption, bureaucratic inertia, and political repression, in December 1991. Incorporating original documents, creative works, and artifacts of popular culture, the course examines the nature and evolution of Soviet political life as well as the social structures and cultural forms that shaped the Soviet experience.