the early Vikings settling in Russia

Essay Prompt:

From 1914-1918 the entire world erupted into chaos as Europe went to war. One of many products emanating from the First World War was the advent of the totalitarian state first seen in Russia. Much of Russian history is marred with the stigma of autocratic rule from the early Vikings settling in Russia to the Mongolian occupation and even the establishment of the Romanov dynasty. The 20th century took autocracy one step further to totalitarianism.

 

In the following documents how do the authors describe the realities of the totalitarian state in Russia? What are the core values of the Bolshevik/Communist ideology that helped buttress the totalitarian state? A key aspect to the totalitarian state and one-party rule was one, single ruler; what kind of a leader what Joseph Stalin in his transformation of the Soviet Union after Vladimir Lenin?

 

Assignment:

Upon successfully analyzing all of the documents, students will compose a response analysis of 1,000-1,500 words based on the above prompt. The analysis must be in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Students must use ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS. Students are encouraged to use secondary sources such as our textbook by Marvin Perry as well as contextual history supplied by Perry throughout the Primary Source documents to help explain the context of your paper. Students MAY NOT consult anything – websites, other books, etc. – outside of what is already assigned for this class. For citations, students are expected to conform to The Chicago Manual of Style only; no MLA, APA, or parenthetical anything because you will lose points.

 

*There is a separate guideline on Blackboard explaining The Chicago Manual of Style. Likewise, there are numerous resource available to understanding it as well as consulting me, the professor.

 

**Also, this is an analysis and not a summary. Please don’t simply re-hash the documents one after the other.

 

Primary Sources:

Avdienko, A. O., “The Cult of Stalin,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 339-340.

 

Dolot, Miron, Execution By Hunger, in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 335-338.

 

Khrushchev, Nikita S. “Khrushchev’s Secret Speech,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 343-344.

 

Kopelev, Lev, “Terror in the Countryside,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 332-334.

 

Polyakov, Vladimir, “An Attack on Censorship: The Story of Fireman Prokhorchuk,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 340-342.

 

Razgon, Lev, True Stories, in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 347-348.

 

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I., “Forced Labor Camps,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 345-346.

 

Stalin, Joseph, “The Hard Line,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 330-331.

 

Zhigulin, Anatoly, “A Cannibalistic Sport,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 348-349.

 

Secondary Sources:

Marvin Perry, “Era of Totalitarianism,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 326-329.

 

Marvin Perry, “Modernize or Perish,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 329-330.

 

Marvin Perry, “Forced Collectivization,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 331.

 

Marvin Perry, “Famine in Ukraine,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 334-335.

 

Marvin Perry, “Soviet Indoctrination,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 339.

 

Marvin Perry, “Stalin’s Terror,” in Sources of the Western Tradition: Volume II: From the Renaissance to the Present, Ninth Edition (Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2014), 342.

 

Textbook:

Online eBook or PDF:

Albert M Craig et al, The Heritage of World Civilizations, Vol2, 10 ed (Hoboken: Pearson Education, Inc., 2016) part 5, chapter 21, section 1-5, subsection.

 

Hardcopy:

Albert M Craig et al, The Heritage of World Civilizations, Vol2, 10 ed (Hoboken: Pearson Education, Inc., 2016), p#.

 

*Notice the difference between the two as far as having page numbers, which is important. The online digital copy DOES NOT have page numbers; therefore, you need to list the part, chapter, section, and subsection from where you found your information.

 

**The hard/physical copy will no doubt have page numbers, so then you will follow the citation format above and simply enter which ever page(s) you found your information.