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European Civilization, 1648-1945

Yale,, Fall 2008 , Prof. John Merriman

Updated On 02 Feb, 19

Overview

Introduction - Absolutism and the State - Dutch and British Exceptionalism - Peter the Great - The Enlightenment and the Public Sphere - Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution - Napoleon - Industrial Revolutions - Middle Classes - Popular Protest - Why no Revolution in 1848 in Britain - Nineteenth-Century Cities - Nationalism - Radicals - Imperialists and Boy Scouts - The Coming of the Great War - War in the Trenches - Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning (Guest Lecture by Jay Winters) - The Romanovs and the Russian Revolution - Successor States of Eastern Europe - Stalinism - Fascists - Collaboration and Resistance in World War II - The Collapse of Communism and Global Challenges

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Lecture 21: Stalinism

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Lecture Details

European Civilization, 1648-1945 (HIST 202)One of the central questions in assessing Stalinism is whether or not the abuses of the latter were already present in the first years of the Russian Revolution. The archival evidence suggests that this is partly the case, and that even in its early stages Soviet Russia actively persecuted not just those who were believed to have profited unfairly, without laboring, but also non-Russian ethnic groups. Stalin, although not an ethnic Russian himself, was committed to the assimilation of national identity, and universal identification with the Soviet State. This commitment, coupled with his paranoia, lead to executions and deportations aimed at solidifying the state through exclusion of "undesirable" or politically suspect elements. Throughout years of economic hardship and violent purges, Soviet rhetoric consistently emphasized a glorious future in order to justify the miseries of the present. Such a future proved, in many ways, to be an illusion.0000 - Chapter 1. The Formation of the Leninist State Democratic Centralism and the New Economic Policy 1225 - Chapter 2. From Leninism to Stalinism 2503 - Chapter 3. Societies of Exclusion 3807 - Chapter 4. The Vision of the Radiant Future High Hopes and Hard RealityComplete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educoursesThis course was recorded in Fall 2008.

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Sam

Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Dembe

Great course. Thank you very much.

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