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 is a retired high school history teacher and administrator. Her 38-year career spans New Orleans, Berlin, two Fort Collins high schools, and educational support to Japan and Russia. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in history and a social studies teaching certificate.