The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Deals with twentieth-century Russia, particularly the Russian Revolution and the history of the Soviet Union. Students will consider the social, economic and political conditions which made Russia ripe for Revolution, the events of 1917, the Civil War, Stalin's dictatorship, the Cold War years, and the collapse of the Soviet system.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. understand the key issues in the history of Russia and the impact of Marxism and Leninism

2. analyse and reflect upon a variety of historical source materials,

3. develop understanding of different theories and approaches to the study of history

4. synthesise primary and secondary source material in oral and written form.


Students will survey some of the following areas: the ideological background to the revolution; Tsarist Russia; the 1905 Revolution and the establishment of the Duma; the immediate causes of the Russian Revolution; Bolshevik policy, leadership and tactics; the Civil War and foreign intervention; Lenin and the New Economic Policy; Stalinist Russia and 'Socialism in One Country'; the Great Patriotic War; COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE, Khrushchev and destalinisation; Gorbachev and perestroika, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.


This course replaces HIST3450. If you have successfully completed HIST3450 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Participation: Seminar Participation

Written Assignment: Tutorial Paper

Proposal / Plan: Essay plan

Essay: Major Essay

In Term Test: Class Test