|Module Title||THE HISTORY OF POLITICS IN THE SOVIET UNION|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Jennifer Mathers|
|Semester||Intended for use in future years|
|Next year offered||N/A|
|Next semester offered||N/A|
|Course delivery||Seminar||1 x 2 hour per week|
|Assessment||Essay||2 x 2,000 word essays 25% each|
History was used by politicians and scholars on both sides of the 'iron curtain' to manipulate public opinion and to justify contemporary actions in the propaganda battles which waged throughout the Cold War.
This module is intended to give students the opportunity to investigate in some depth Soviet and Western debates about the political history of the USSR. The module will begin by examining the ways that the leaders of the Soviet Communist Party used history for both foreign and domestic political purposes, as well as considering such issues as historians' access to and interpretation of Soviet sources. Subsequent seminars will focus on debates about particular events, from the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 to Gorbachev's perestroika.