Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 1917 to the Present

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On December 31, 1999, Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned as head of state, leaving the presidency to then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Image by ITAR-TASS. Source: The website of the President of the Russian Federation.)


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21H.245J / 17.57J / 21G.086J

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Spring 2016



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This course explores the political and historical evolution of the Soviet state and society from the 1917 Revolution to the present. It covers the creation of a revolutionary regime, causes and nature of the Stalin revolution, post-Stalinist efforts to achieve political and social reform, and causes of the Soviet collapse. It also examines current developments in Russia in light of Soviet history.

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Elizabeth Wood. 21H.245J Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 1917 to the Present. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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