HIS 242
Questions to Consider while reading the textbook
and studying a unit's material

Unit 1    Introduction and Themes in Russian history
  • What are the main geographical features of Russia?
Unit 2    Reaction and Modernization under Alexander III and Nicholas II
  • What were some of the characteristic features of Russia's industrialization of the 1890s?
  • How did Russian industrialization affect Russia's social structure and economic base?
Unit 3    A Silver Age of Russian Culture
  • What were some of the characteristics of the Russian Silver Age?
  • How did the Silver Age differ from the earlier Golden Age?
Unit 4    Marxism
  • What did Lenin add to Marxism to make it fit the Russian situation?
  • Why did Marxism appeal to Russian intellectuals?
Unit 5    1905
  • Was the 1905 Revolution a revolution?
  • Was Stolypin's policy a workable solution to Russia's peasant problem?
Unit 6    World War I
  • Was the tsarist government capable of leading a more effective war effort?
  • Why was the Russian military effort, especially in the first month of the war, such a disaster?
Unit 7    1917 and Civil War
  • Why were the Bolsheviks able to win the Civil War?
  • Why did the Provisional Government fail in 1917?
Unit 8    NEP and the 1920s
  • Why was Stalin able to consolidate political power in Russia in the 1920s?
  • Why did Lenin advocate the introduction of the New Economic Policy?
Unit 9    Stalinism in the 1930s
  • Why did Stalin initiate the five-year plans and collectivization of agriculture?
  • Did Stalin's foreign policy enable Hitler to launch World War II?
Unit 10    World War II
  • Was Stalin prepared for Hitler's attack in 1941?
  • Why was Russia able to eventually beat back the German attack and reach Berlin in May 1945?
Unit 11    Cold War Abroad
  • How did the Cold War begin?
  • Did Russia win the duel with the United States over Cuba in 1962?
Unit 12    Thaw at Home
  • What were some of the features of the “Thaw” that began in Russia after Stalin's death?
  • How much intellectual and artistic freedom existed in Russia by the 1960s?
Unit 13    Gorbachev
  • Why did Gorbachev embark on a reform program in 1985?
  • What factors led to the end of the Cold War?
Unit 14    The End of the Soviet Union
  • What have been some of the causes of the wars between Russia and Chechnya?
  • What factors led to the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of communist party rule?
Unit 15    Whither Russia in 2000?
  • Could Russia be considered an advanced, modernized country by 2000?



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