Course Documents

Key Course Documents


Book review assignment


Primary Sources and Other Readings

Students are responsible for uploading/posting their materials for the class in which they are presenting 24 hours prior (at the latest).


September 11 – Alayna and Fedor (Theodore Weeks, Nation and State in Late Imperial Russia only)


September 18 – Russian Revolutions 101

Boris Kolonitskii, “’Democracy’ in the Political Consciousness of the February Revolution, Slavic Review 57, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 95-106.

Maps, images, tables, Lenin’s 1917 decrees

September 25 – Amal and Kate (Supplementary materials for Peter Holquist, Making War, Forging Revolution)

Bolsheviks Take Charge in Cossack Villages (1918-1920)

Bolsheviks Take Charge in Cossack Villages (1918-1920)

An anti-Soviet poster that shows Bolshevik soldiers looting a Cossack farm.

Source: Hoover Political Poster Database — 2007.

Petrograd Telegraph Agency, Agrarian Disturbances — Fall 1917

Original source: A. L. Popov, Oktiabrskii perevorot: fakty i dokumenty (Petrograd, 1918), pp. 81-83.
Source: James Bunyan and H.H. Fisher, ed., Bolshevik Revolution, 1917-1918; Documents and Materials (Stanford: Stanford University Press; H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1934), pp. 31-33.

The Don Cossack Host


Aleksandr Blok’s Twelve




October 2 – Research discussion

Simon Rabinovitch’s Guide to Getting Your Research Rolling

Simon Rabinovitch’s Student Writing Guide

Boston University History Department Writing Guide


October 9 – Oscar and Nikki (Supplementary materials for Frederick Corney, Telling October)

1)Lenin’s 1902 Pamphlet What is to be done

2) “The Twelve” by Alexander Blok

3)John Reed, “Ten Days That Shook the World” (Chapter 2: The coming Storm)

4) Eisenstein’s Strike (film)  1925 (Opening)

Strike (1925) Poster

Strike (1925) Poster


5) Eisenstein’s October (film) 1927

October (1927) Poster

October (1927) Poster


6) Menchivik Newspaper Rabochai Gazeta “The Bolsheviks are anarchists”
7) Lenin’s “Left Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder” Speech- Comintern July 1920


October 16 – Griffin and Jenna (Supplementary materials for Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Cultural Front)

"Cadres Decide Everything"

"Cadres Decide Everything"


1) Promotional video for education for women (click on The Literary Spartakiad)

2) Video of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1934)

3) Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (to contrast with Lady Macbeth)

4) Leon Trotsky: Family Relations Under the Bolsheviks (See section on marriage and sex)

5) Evaluation of Soviet Education by W. M. Chamberlain (1929)

October 23 – (Supplementary materials Katerina Clark, Petersburg)

Summaries for the operas The Love of Three Oranges and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District

Battleship Potemkin

October 30 – Katherine and Karen (Supplementary materials for Isaac Babel, Red Cavalry)

Anti-Polish Propaganda Poster

File:Polish-soviet propaganda poster 1920.jpg

“This is what will come of the Polish scheme.” (Translation)


File:First Cav Army Mon.jpg

Monument to the 1st Cavalry Army (Red Army) in Ukraine (Lviv, Oblast)

“We Are the Red Cavalry” (“Мы красная кавалерия”), by The Red Army Choir


November 6 – Agatha and Pam (Supplementary materials for Richard Stites, Revolutionary Dreams)

Collection of Revolutionary Dreams Primary Docs: photos, brief excerpts, posters.

For further images of the various housing competitions, see this Flickr page. These architectural drawings illustrate the new notions of futurism and utopianism that characterize the period.



November 13 – Mark and Jeff (Supplementary materials for Francine Hirsch, Empire of Nations)

Empire of Nations Handout

November 20 – Taryn and Emma (Supplementary materials for Stephen Kotkin, Magnetic Mountain)

Magnetic Mountain Handout

December 4 – Kara and Nick (Supplementary materials for Michael David-Fox, Showcasing the Great Experiment)

Showcasing the Great Experiment Handout

Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union 1921-1941