OSHR 1157 - From Comrade to Collapse: A Historic Overview of the Soviet Union from a Russian Perspective

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

How could a tiny band of revolutionaries conquer a nation that stretched across twelve time zones and establish a government that shocked the Western world? How and why did Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Breznev and Gorbachev each redefine the USSR and its relation to the global community? How does Vladimir Putin reflect his Soviet past? Why did Soviet citizens view themselves as belonging to a democracy? And, what the heck is a "Soviet?"

Find out the answers to these questions and more as we journey through the fascinating 84 year history of the Union of (15) Soviet Socialist Republics.

Recommended Readings: The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels ISBN: 9780553214062, Bantam Classic or,
ISBN: 9780553214062, Random House

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Christine Hays

(970) 490-3626

: Christine Hays earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from Henderson State University and Colorado State University. She taught history for 30 years in New Orleans, Fort Collins, and Berlin, Germany. She directed the International Baccalaureate Program at Poudre High School for 7 years. She first experienced Russia in 1970 as a 17 year old and developed a lifelong fascination resulting in three more trips, culminating as a State Department- sponsored liaison to the Humanitarian Lyceum in Izhevsk, Udmurtia Republic.