Russia in Revolution, 1900-1938

Modern History (DNU), School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 22808

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1&2

Module description

The module will cover the period of revolutionary upheaval in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union from 1900 to 1938. Following themes of revolution, social and national conflict, ideology and modernisation, it will analyse the events of the 1905 Revolution, the First World War, the two revolutions of 1917, the Russian Civil War of 1918-20, the years of the New Economic Policy and the power struggle to succeed Lenin, the `counter-revolution’ or `revolution from above’ of Stalin, the mature Stalinist political system and ending with the consolidation of Stalin’s power through the Great Terror of 1937-38.