To support our site, Class Central may be compensated by some course providers.

Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History

Higher School of Economics via Coursera

students interested
  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 10 weeks long

Taken this course? Share your experience with other students. Write review

Sign up to Coursera courses for free Learn how

The course presents the life and deeds of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from 1924 till 1953. It analyses the reasons for his actions and their results, as well as the causes of his popularity in Russia today. It offers an analysis of the phenomenon of Stalinism and of its significance for Russia and beyond.

In the late 1920s – early 1930s Stalin directed the massive and rapid industrialisation of the country and the forced collectivisation of its agriculture. The industrialisation was based on forced labour, and collectivisation on repression, but both helped to create the material base for the Soviet defence industry. In the late 1930s Stalin unleashed mass terror against the Soviet people, in which millions perished. In his view this helped to rid the country of any potential internal enemies on the eve of the coming war.

The USSR, together with its allies, won the Second World War, but at the cost of dozens of millions of lives. Stalin was instrumental in creating the post-war order. The system which he created in the 1930s shaped the USSR as it was during his lifetime and for decades after his death. It also influenced the lives of millions of people beyond the Soviet borders.

The course will enable those who take it to develop an informed understanding of the Stalin era and of the phenomenon of Stalinism.

Taught by

Irina Filatova

Highest Rated Courses

Review for Coursera's Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History
4.0 Based on 1 reviews

  • 5 star 0%
  • 4 star 100%
  • 3 star 0%
  • 2 star 0%
  • 1 star 0%

Did you take this course? Share your experience with other students.

Write a review
  • 1
Dave R
4.0 3 months ago
by Dave audited this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course was a useful introduction to the subject matter and provided me with more detail about an area of history I had limited knowledge of. There were a number of minor issues with the course material that could easily be tidied up (including quiz questions which sometimes relied on information that hadn't been provided in the material). There was also very limited activity in the discussion forum.

If you want to complete the course you'll need to do a lot of assignments that rely on peer assessment. There is one every week, plus a longer essay as a final test. I actually found them a useful way of making me review the material provided. Overall, worth doing if you are interested in the subject matter.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
  • 1

Class Central

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.