Course detail: OSH148 - Stalin's Russia, 1917-1953
This course will examine Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) who ruled the Soviet Union with an iron hand for almost 30 years until his death in 1953. He was a key leader in the Russian revolution, Civil War, founding of the U.S.S.R., widespread famine, forced industrialization, collectivization of agriculture, great purges, World War II, hegemony over neighbors, post-war reconstruction and competing with the West in the Cold War. Taken together, these events constitute the single most earthshaking cataclysm of the 20th century. This makes Stalin one of the most influential figures in world history.
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