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Modern Russia And The Soviet Union

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This course provides students with an overview of the history of modern Russia and the Soviet Union including the decline of Imperial Russia, the Revolution of 1917, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Collapse of a Dynasty

    • Explain the social, political, and economic structure of Russian Society in the 19th Century
    • Describe the events that led to the collapse of the Romanov Dynasty.

    Revolution and Change

    • Differentiate between the ideologies of the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks.
    • Describe the importance of Lenin’s leadership on the newly formed Soviet Union.
    • Analyze the impact of the five-Year plans on Russia.

    The Great Patriotic War and Aftermath

    • Describe Stalin’s relationships with other leaders during World War II.
    • Explain how the hardships of World War II on the Soviet Union affected postwar attitudes.
    • Analyze the effects of the Potsdam Conference on the postwar world.

    The Cold War

    • Describe the political power struggle in the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death.
    • Describe Nikita Khrushchev’s role in the Cold War with the United States.
    • Explain the arms and space races from the Soviet perspective.
    • Differentiate between the regimes of Khrushchev and Brezhnev.

    Collapse and Transition

    • Compare the leadership styles of Mikhail Gorbachev with the old guard leadership in the USSR.
    • Differentiate between the Glasnost and Perestroika policies.
    • Describe the social, political, and economic conditions that led to the collapse of the USSR and the birth of modern-day Russia.
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