Everyday Stalinism: Life in the Soviet Union, 1928-53: Sources (HIH3187)
|Staff||Dr Claire McCallum - |
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at Level 1 and/or Level 2.|
|Co-requisites||Everyday Stalinism: Life in the Soviet Union, 1928-53: Context.|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module aims to introduce students to some of the cutting-edge developments in the study of Stalinism by getting them to think beyond the political and ideological aspects that have traditionally dominated scholarship and instead engage with ideas surrounding identity, resistance and how citizens negotiated their lives within the parameters of the Stalinist state. This will be achieved through both secondary reading and detailed examination of a range of source material, to include diaries, letters, memoirs and cultural sources such as film, art and literature. Students will be actively encouraged to think about how these shifts in scholarship, and increased access to sources following the opening of the Soviet archives after 1991, have impacted upon how we perceive Stalinism and the experiences of those who lived through it.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. A detailed knowledge of the different sources available for the study of Stalinism, together with a very close specialist knowledge of those sources which the students focus upon in their seminar presentations and written work.
- 2. Ability to analyse the complex diversity of the sources studied.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Ability to analyse closely original sources and to assess their reliability as historical evidence. Ability to focus on and comprehend complex texts.
- 4. Ability to understand and deploy relevant historical terminology in a comprehensible manner.
- 5. Ability to follow complex reasoning inherent in the discourse of the period.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Independent and autonomous study and group work, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 7. Ability to digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 8. Ability to present complex arguments orally.
Each week we will explore a different genre of source in relation to the themes and issues discussed in our context seminar. These sources will range from traditional textual material, like autobiographies and diaries, to more unusual material such as jokes, rumours, and songs.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||22 x 2 hour seminars.|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparation for seminars, coursework and presentations.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course.||1-6, 8||Oral from tutor and fellow students.|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Portfolio||80||6000 words, broken down into 2 x 1000 word source commentaries, plus 2x 2000 word essays.||1-7||Verbal and written|
|Individual presentation||20||20-30 minutes||1-8||Verbal and written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Presentation||Written transcript of 20 minute presentation.||1-8|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Brandenberger, D., National Bolshevism: Stalinist Mass Culture and the Formation of Modern Russia (2002)
Brooks, J., Thank You, Comrade Stalin!: Soviet Public Culture From Revolution to Cold War (1999)
Davies, S. and Harris, J. (eds.), Stalin: A New History (2005)
Davies, S., Popular Opinion in Stalin’s Russia: Terror, Propaganda and Dissent 1934-1941 (1997)
Edele, M., Stalinist Society (2011)
Fitzpatrick, S. (ed.), Stalinism: New Directions (2000)
Fitzpatrick, S. Everyday Stalinism. Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times. Soviet Russia in the 1930s (1999)
Fitzpatrick and Geyer, Beyond Totalitarianism: Nazism and Stalinism (2008)
Hoffmann, D. (ed.), Stalinism: The Essential Readings (2003)
Hoffmann, D., Stalinist Values (2003)
Hoffmann, Cultivating the Masses: Soviet Social Intervention in Its International Context (2011)
Kotkin, S., Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as Civilisation (1997)
Platt and Brandenberger, Epic Revisionism: Russian History And Literature As Stalinist Propaganda (2006)
Siegelbaum and Sokolov (eds), Stalinism as a Way of Life: A Narrative in Documents (2000)
Viola et al (eds), The Tragedy of the Soviet Countryside: The War Against the Peasantry, 1927-1930, v. 1 (2005)
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Marxist Internet Archive – www.marxists.org
Museum of the Russian Poster: http://eng.plakaty.ru/posters
Soviet History Online – www.soviethistory.org
The Virtual Gulag Museum: http://www.gulagmuseum.org/index_eng.htm
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Key words search
Stalin, Stalinism, Soviet Union