Exploring Revolution: The Making of Soviet Society and Culture in the 1920s (MLR2024)

15 credits

For many people, understanding of Soviet history begins with the revolution, skates over the 1920s in sketchy detail, and then focuses on the ‘big’ topics of Stalinism, the Great Patriotic War and the Cold War. This module puts the spotlight on the key decade of the 1920s, when the Bolshevik Party and members of the new Soviet nation more widely sought to revolutionise Russian society. The module focuses on a variety of groups contributing to ideas about what this new society would be – women, intellectuals, workers, peasants – using primary and secondary sources to see the hopes, dreams, ideals and reality that revolution brought to Russians and Russians brought to revolution.