Russian Studies

3rd Period EVEN Days; Bump Day 1

EK 71

Spragins

Spring 2012

 Outline:

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The Russian Revolutions

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The Stalin Revolution

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The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

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Life and Fate (1960) by Vasily Grossman

The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Future of Russia

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Mon.

Exam Make Up Day

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24

Day 2

Tues.


Russia 1914


Tsar Nicholas II and his Family

Overview Lecture (powerpoint) (notes)



Homework:

"Marxism Comes to Russia" Chapter 2 of Twentieth Century Russia (2000) by Donald Treadgold (Reading Guide)


Peasant Family

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"Marxism Comes to Russia" Chapter 2 of Twentieth Century Russia (2000) by Donald Treadgold (Reading Guide) (Quiz) (answers)

Homework:

RUSSIA 1905 Williams, Beryl. History Today 55. 5 (May 2005): 44-51. 

For further reading:

Lenin Lecture on the 1905 Revolution

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Day 5

Fri.

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Day 6

Mon.

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Bloody Sunday January 22, 1905 (A still from the Soviet movie Devyatoe yanvarya ("9th of January") (1925)

 

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Ilya Repin,  17 October 1905

The Russian Revolutions (notes)

RUSSIA 1905 Williams, Beryl. History Today 55. 5 (May 2005): 44-51. (Outline) (Notes)

The October Manifesto


Homework:

MaliaísLenin (outline) Lenin and the 'Radiant Future by Martin Malia New York Review of Books Volume 48, Number 17 (2001)



Miner, "A Revolution Doomed From the Start"  March 9, 1997 New York Times Book Review on Orlando Figes' A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891- 1924 The Soviet experiment was bound to fail, says Orlando Figes, because it tried to change human nature.

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Russian Revolution Essay (Due 2/15)

The 1917 Revolutions

MaliaísLenin (outline)

Homework:

Blok, "The Twelve" (1917)  

Trotsky on Blok (More)

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Day 9 

Thurs.

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Day 10

Fri.

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Alexander Blok
by Konstantin Somov (1907)

Russian Revolution Essay (Due 2/15)



The 1917 Revolutions

Blok's, "The Twelve" (1917) 


Homework:

Babelís "My First Goose" (1925) + Siegal on Babel 

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6

Day 1

Mon.

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Isaac Babel (1894-1940)

Russian Revolution Essay (Due 2/15)

The 1917 Revolutions:  (chronology)

Crane Britton on the Anatomy of Revolution

Babelís "My First Goose" (1925) + Siegal on Babel 

Homework:

  Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog (1925); (another translation) (Steppenwolf Theatre dramatization);  (Review of Alexander Raskatov's opera based on the novella); Batumi, Bulgakovís play about Stalinís early years commissioned by the Moscow Art Theater to celebrate the dictatorís sixtieth birthday in December 1939; Collaborators a play by  John Hodge, directed by Nicholas Hytner National Theatre, London, October 25, 2011ĖJune 2012;  Figes, A Double Game with Stalin NYRB (2012);  The Days of the Turbins (1926) ; the original Bulgakov play, which Stalin saw several times,  was based on his novel  The White Guard ;  from The Master and Margarida (1939) (full text)   Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bukgakov. Full text in English. tr. Michael Glenny

Bulgakovís Heart of a Dog  (1925)  (Act One) (Study Guide)

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Day 2

Tues.

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Mikhail Bulgakov
(1891-1940)
John Hodge: from Trainspotting to Bulgakov (2011)

 

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Figes, A Double Game with Stalin NYRB (2012

Russian Revolution Essay (Due 2/15)

The 1917 Revolutions: The NEP (1921-25)

Bulgakovís Heart of a Dog  (1925)  (Act One) (Study Guide) (movie)

Act One

  1. A scalded mutt freezing on Moscowís wintry streets (pp. 13-16)    (a Christmas story...survival in Moscow winter....learning to read... the doorman)
  2. Professor Preobrajenskyís Mad Experiments in Reanimation (pp. 19-22) (womanpatient) (man with green hair
  3. The Marxist Apartment Committeeís policy of tenant compression (pp. 22-23) (committee1) (committee2) (tenant compression
  4. Dinner and Professor Preobrajanskyís pessimism about socialism (pp. 28-29) (Kalabukhov House and galoshes) (twogods)
  5. The Journal of a Laboratory Dog (pp. 36-38) (operation)

Homework:

Bulgakovís Heart of a Dog  (1925)   (Act Two)

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Parent Conference Day

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(Review of Alexander Raskatov's opera based on the novella)

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 Bulgakovís Heart of a Dog  (1925)  (Act Two)
The Russian Revolutions: The NEP (1921-25)

Close Reading:

  1. The Journal of a Laboratory Dog (pp. 36-38) (first words) (Chugunkin
  2. Comrade Sharikís embarrassing couture (pp. 39-41) (Sharik's entrance) (peasant class) (Comrade Sharikov) (Fotopopov)
  3. Sharikís crude faux-pas at the dinner table (pp. 45-48)  (scene two) (gas attack) (Marxist theory) (cats)
  4. Sharik and the Department of Animal Information (pp. 49-53) (cat purges) (Sharik's girlfriend) (Cat attack!
  5. Spinozaís Brain (pp. 54-55) (Sharik denounces Preobrazhensky
  6. Lobotomizing the Proletariat (pp. 58-59) (Is it murder?)
  7. The thymus of a yessum (pp. 59-60) (the madness continues)

Some ideas to consider for your essay:

  • What is Bulgakov's stand on the debate about how human idenity is formed? Does experience determine consciousness (as Marx would argue)?
  • Does social engineering work?
  • Is Westernization the answer?
  • Why did Stalin enjoy Bulgakov's portrayal of 'homo sovieticus'?

Homework:
Fitzpatrickís Russian Revolution  (reading guide)

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W. B. Yeats, "The Second Coming" (1919)

Fitzpatrickís Russian Revolution  (reading guide)

  • Historiography: Bolsheviks; Mensheviks, Trotsky, Totalitarian, Modernization
  • Fitzpatrick's Thesis: 'terror, progress and upward mobility'
  • What is her point about 'value judgements'? How does she deal with the problem of the use of terror and violence to coerce goals? 
  • Does she convince you with her argument that the revolution was legitimate due to 'working-class upward mobility'?


Crane Britton on the Anatomy of Revolution

Review:

Homework: 

Russian Revolution Essay (Due 2/15)

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Day 7

Tues.


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Day 8

Wed.

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Essay on Russian Revolution Due at 3:30 p.m.

Eisenstein, The Battleship Potemkin (1925) (complete film

Eisenstein on Workers Films (1924)

Homework:

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16

Day 9

Thurs.

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Day 0

Fri.

Professional Day

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20

Day 0

Mon.

Presidents Day

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21

Day 10

Tues.

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The 1917 Revolutions: The Five Year Plan
Notes on Burama, Tolstaya and Kelly

  • "Master of Fear" By Ian Buruma NYRB Volume 51, Number 8 ∑ May 13, 2004
  • "In Cannibalistic Times" NYRB Volume 38, Number 7 ∑ April 11, 1991 by Tatyana Tolstaya, Translated by Jamey Gambrel

Homework:

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Day 1

Wed.

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Interpretations of the Stalin Terror:

Notes on Burama, Tolstaya and Kelly
Notes on Grossman

Homework:

Prieto, "Reading Mandelstam on Stalin" NYRB June 10, 2010

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Day 2

Fri.

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Efimov, Ezhov's Iron Glove (1937)

Ahkmatova's Requiem

 

Prieto, "Reading Mandelstam on Stalin" NYRB June 10, 2010

Osip Mandelstam, "Epigram Against Stalin"
Stalin's Phone Conversation with Pasternak about Mandelstam

The Foundation Pit (1932)

Homework:

Read Figes, "A Great Russian Writer in the Communist Cauldron" NYRB April 29, 2010

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Mon.

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Andrey Platonov (1899-1951)

Introduction to Platonovís  The Foundation Pit (1927-32)

Outline (Spragins)
Summary (Sovlit.com)

Homework:

  • Platonovís  The Foundation Pit, pp. 1-69
  • Platonovís  The Foundation Pit, pp. 70-150

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Tues.

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Platonovís  The Foundation Pit, pp. 70-150

The 1917 Revolutions: The Five Year Plan 
Platonovís  The Foundation Pit (1927-32)
Outline (Spragins)

Homework:

Essay on Stalin

casahistoria: Collectivisation

Summary (Sovlit.com)

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Day 7

Thurs.

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Fri.

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The 1917 Revolutions: The Five Year Plan 
Platonovís  The Foundation Pit (1927-32)
Outline (Spragins)
Summary (Sovlit.com)

Homework:

Essay on Stalin

 

Akhmatova, "Requiem" (1935-61) (notes) (more poems) (more poems) (selected poetry) ; Poetry of Anna Akhmatova - In English. ; Kelly, ďA Great Russian ProphetĒ (on Anna Akhmatova) (2005)

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The War in the East: Operation Barbarossa

Homework:


Kirsch, "The Individual Soul" NYRB (2011)
Spufford,"Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman" Guardian (2011)

Chandler, Vassily Grossman's Life and Fate (2006); 

Applebaum, "The Real Patriotic War" NYRB, 4-6-06

Ivanís War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939Ė1945Description: Description: http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=thneyoreofbo-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0805074554 by Catherine Merridale

A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army, 1941Ė1945Description: Description: http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=thneyoreofbo-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0375424075 Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova

Read Life and Fate, chapters 1-6 (17-35)

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Wed.


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Kirsch, "The Individual Soul" NYRB (2011)
Spufford,"Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman" Guardian (2011)
Life and Fate, chapters 1-6 (17-35)

Mikhail Sidorovich Mostovsky

  1. Arrival
  2. Camp Social Structure
  3. Special Prisoner Block
  4. The Holy Fool
  5. Lager Language
  6. Mostovsky's Defiance

Homework:

Read Life and Fate, chapters 7-14 (pp.35-67)

Grossman's affirmation of freedom recalls Dostoevsky's concept of "Russian Reason" touted by Herzen and personified in the character of Razumikhin. Radical slaovophilism relies upon the type of intuitive compassion which runs counter to logical self-interest. The human mind is too complex and unpredictable to be engineered using coercive logic as the Bolsheviks attempted. Instead, people must be trusted to choose freely and thus assert their moral dignity. Lovely idea, but remember that Razumikhin refuses to recognize Raskolnikov's capacity for irrational evil.  

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Thurs.

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Part One, chapters 7-14 (pp.35-67) 

Stalingrad: 62nd Army Position (West bank of the Volga)

  1. Storm of Steel
  2. The Most Difficult Period for the Defenders of Stalingrad has Begun
  3. The Burning Volga
  4. Krymovís Lecture
  5. Combat and Time
  6. Krymovís Dream
  7. Yeremenko Inspects the Frontline
  8. Byerozkin Inspects Pochufarovís Sector 


Homework:

Part One, chapters 15-22 (pp.68-115) 

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Part One, chapters 15-22 (pp. 68-115)

The Shapashnikovas in Kazan

  1. Lyudmila
  2.  Family Dynamics
  3. Quantum Physics (78)
  4. Anna Semyonovnaís Last Letter (80)
  5. Quantum Politics
  6. Tolya is a Casualty

Getmanov: Master of the Oblast Leaves for War

  1. Getmanov's Farewell Party
  2. Getmanov's Farewell to his Family

Homework:

Part One, chapters 23-38 (pp. 115-174)

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Wed.

 

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The Southern Steppes

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Soviet Air Force Poster

Table of Contents

Part One, Chapters 23-25
Zhenya in Kuibyshev

  1. Jenny Genrikhovna's Arrest
  2. Zhenya's Residence Permit
  3. Shargorodsky: the Eccentric Prince

Part One, Chapters 26-34
Lyudmila's Journey

  1. The Steamship
  2. The Nomenklatura
  3. Saratov Arrival
  4. Tolya's Operation
  5. Dr. Shimansky
  6. Guilt before the Mother of the Dead
  7. Gravediggers
  8. Tolya's Grave
  9. Lyudmila Changed

Part One, Chapters 35-38
Air Force Reserve Camp

  1. Viktorov in Old Russian Forest
  2. Princess Dolgurokaya
  3. Berman: the Mukhin Affair
  4. Pilot Banter by Night


Homework:

Part One Chapters 39-61 (174-266)

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Fri.

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Part One, Chapters 39-41(174-194)

The Mining Camp on the Taiga:

39.  Gulag Work Camp

40.  Abarchuk Remembers Tolya and Confronts the Barrack Thug

41.  Magar the apostate revolutionaryís suicide

Part One, Chapters 42-51(195-217)

The Shoah:

42.  Late Summer 1942: The Apogee of Fascism

43.  Sofy Levinton in the Cattle Car

44.  Naum Rozenberg Exhuming Mass Graves

45.  Musya Borisovna Witnesses the Ghettoís Extermination

46.  Natasha Karasik Survives

47.  David, Hiding in the Bukhmansí Attic

48.  Davidís Visit to Grandmotherís

49.  The Prewar Integration of Jews and Ukrainians

50.  Infected Cattle Slaughter

51.  The Machine and The Ten Million

Part One, Chapters 52-61 (218-266)

Holding Out in House 6/1:

52.  Novikov and Getmanov in the Urals

53.  What Does Novikov Fight For?

54.  Krymov: War Effort Creates the True Soviet State

55.  Sniper Meeting

56.  Krymov at the Red October Works

57.  House 6/1

58.  Grekovís Commune

59.  Seryozha Sent to Krylovís Headquarters

60.  Grekhov and Co. Through the Boyís Eyes

61.  The Central Power Station

Homework:

Part One, Chapters 62-71 (266-322)

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Spring Break

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Spring Break

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Wed.

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Stalingrad, Summer 1942


Stalingrad Summer 1942

Part One, Chapters 62-71 (266-322)

Sokolovís Salon in Kazan

62.  Viktorís Problems with The Theory

63.  Sokolovís Salon

64.  The Salon on Literature

The Kalmyk Steppes

65.  Lt.-Col. Darensky on The Kalmyk Steppe

66.  Darensky Seduces the Post-Commanderís Wife

The Concentration Camp

67.  Mostovskoy and Chernetsov Debate; Ikonnikovís News

68.  Joining Vlasovís Regiment?

69.  Yershovís Comintern

70.  Yershov Visits His Father in the Gulag

71.  Gen. Gudz and Col. Osipovís  Suspicions of Yershov

Homework:

  • Part Two, Chapters 1-13 (325-391)

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Part Two, Chapters 1-14 (325-391)

With Novikovís Tank Corps (325-346)

1.      New Recruits

2.      Novikov in Kuibyshev

3.      Zhenya

4.      Novikov Calls Getmanovís Bluff

5.      Zhenyaís Love for Novikov but also for Family

The Move to Moscow (346-368)

6.      Viktorís Shares His Discovery with Sokolov

7.      The Move to Moscow

8.      Karimov Warns Viktor of Mayarov (then vive-versa)

9.      Family on Emotional Brink

The Germans At Stalingrad (368-382)

10.      The German Infirmary

11.      Bachís Indoctrination/ Refusing Zinaís Visit

12.      General Paulus

Darensky in Position (383-91)

13.  Darensky and Bova Speak Freely in Kalmyk Hut

Homework:

  •  Part Two, chapters 14- 23 (pp. 392-441)

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Fri.




Major Marina Raskova

Notes on Fascism vs. Marxist-Leninism vs. Liberalism

Part Two, chapters 14- 23 (pp. 392-441)

Mostovskoy and Liss (391-411)

14.  State National Socialism

15.  Ikkonikov on ĎThe Goodí

 

House 6/1 Romance (411-435)

16.  Katya Thinks of Grekov and Seryozha

17.  Grekov's Choice

18.  Krymovís Orders

19.  Transit to House 6/1

20.  Laughter at Krymovís Rebuke of Grekov

21.  Byerozkhinís Treatment

 

The German Offensive (435-441)

22.  Klimov and Old Polyakov in No Manís Land

23.  Byerrozkin Buried

Homework:

 
Essay on Life and Fate Part One Due by 3:30 p.m.

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Mon.

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Day 4

Tues.

Essay on Life and Fate Part One Due by 3:30 p.m.

Film: Enemy at the Gates

Homework:
 Part Two, chapters 16- 38 (pp. 441-529)

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Wed.

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Day 6

Thurs.





Moscow Winter 1942 (441-470)

 

16.  Viktor Shtrum and Family Return to Their Apartment

17.  At the Institute

18.  Chetverikov Sacked!

19.  An Oasis of Luxury

 

Constructing the Death Camp (pp. 471-487)

 

28.  The Architecture of the Gas Chamber

29.  Eichmann

30.  Hors díouvres in the Gas Chamber

31.  Anti-Semitism

 

Final Preparations for the Counter-Offensive (pp. 487-508)

 

32.  Which Battalion Commander?

33.  Getmanovís First Bomb

34.  Dinner at Corps Headquarters

35.  Yeremenkoís Aside


Krymovís Report (pp. 508-529)

36.  Krymovís Report

37.  Celebrating 6 November 1942

38.  Central Power Station

Homework:

 Part Two, chapters 38-63  (pp. 529-611)

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Good Friday

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Professional Day

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Wed.






Snyder, "Who Killed More: Hitler or Stalin?" NYRB 3-10-11



The Death Camp in Action (pp. 529-562)

 

39.  Mostovskoyís Choice

40.  Mostovskoyís Execution

41.  SS Sondercommando

42.  Anton Khelmkovís Fate

43.  Sturmbanfuhrer Kaltluft

44.  The Platform

45.  Life!

46.  Passage into the Complex

47.  The Changing Room

48.  The Gas Chamber

49.  Grossmanís Comment

50.  Semyonov, the POW

 

Moscow Institute: The Ideologues Reassert Authority (563-597)

 

51.  The Stalin Prize Nominations

52.  Idealogues in Action

53.  The Questionairre

54.  Shishakovís Office

55.  Alexandra Vladimirovnaís Letter

56.  The Walk With Marya Ivanovna

Eve of Counter-Attack (597-611) (597-611)

 

57.  The Folklore of Lice

58.  The Black Moon

59.  The Offensive Commences

60.  Central Power Station

61.  The Ferry Hostel

62.  Veraís Night Thoughts

63.  Victorov Shot Down

Homework:

 Part Three, chapters 1-18  (pp. 615-662)

4

12

Day 9

Thurs.

4

13

Day 10

Fri.


Lubyanka Prison  in the 1940s. The notorious Lubyanka Prison is still a government building, but no longer a prison.


Operation Uranus November 1943

Krymov in the Lubyanka (615-638)

 

1.      Krymov Arrested

2.      Interrogation in the Special Section

3.      Life as a Political Prisoner

4.      The Lubyanka (NKVD Headquarters)

5.      The Lubyankaís Mystique

6.      Dreling Katsnelenbogen, and Bogolev

 

The Offensive Commences (638-662)

 

7.      19 November 1942

8.      20 November 1942

9.      Novikov Delays

10.  Stalin Waits

11.  Paulusí Plea to Hitler

12.  Soviet Tank Commanders Link Up

13.  Getmanovís Report

14.  Stalin Sings a Little Tune

15.  Tolstoyís Theory Denied

16.  Hitler Lost in the Woods

17.  Chyukov and His Generals Sit in Silence

18.  Simple Soldiers Consider Their Accomplishment

Homework:

Part Three, Chapters 19-

4

16

Day 1

Mon.





Viktor Shtrumís Crimes (662-711)

 

19.  Muscovites Return Home

20.  State Nationalism Critiques Viktor

21.  Viktorís Penance

22.  Lyudmila and Zhenya

23.  The Lubyanka in Moscow

24.  Viktor Meets with Chepyzkhin

25.  Viktorís Debate

26.  Marya Walks Away

27.  The Resolution Against Viktor


Stalingrad Liberated (711-745)

  1.  Darensky Protects a German POW
  2. Darensky Meets with Novikov
  3. Alexandra Vladimirovnaís Poverty
  4.  Paulusí Stone Age Soldiers
  5. Paulusí Headquarters
  6. Chalb and Lenhard
  7. Bachís Regrets as he Eyes the Russian Line
  8. ďWeíve Become Camp BeastsĒ
  9. Christmas Trees
  10.  Stumpfeís Summit
  11. Bachís Russian Woman

Homework:


4

17

Day 2

Tues.


Gen. Paulus Surrenders

 

Moscow Winter 1942 (746-806)

  1. Zhenya at the Lubyanka
  2. Viktorís Anxieties
  3. Stalinís Phone Call
  4. Kyrmovís Interrogation
  5. Krymov Never Renounces Zhenya
  6. Paulus Awaits Capture
  7. The Soul of Wartime Stalingrad Was Free
  8. Smiling Schmidt
  9. Makhorca
  10.  ďThere, have something to eatĒ

Homework:

 

4

18

Day 3

Wed.

4

19

Day 4

Thurs.

 

Viktorís Submission (806- 840)

  1. Novikovís Choice
  2. Zhenyaís Letter
  3. Novikov Recalled to Moscow
  4. Viktorís ĎTriumphí
  5. ViktorísAffair with Marya
  6. Viktor Meets Shishakov
  7. Viktorís Collapse

 

In the Gulag (841- 865)

  1. The Gulag Becomes the State
  2. Zhenyaís Parcel
  3. Spiridinovís Family
  4. Spiridinovís Transfer
  5. Fate and the Human Being 
  6. Spring

Homework:

Essay on Life and Fate

4

20

Day 5

Fri.

4

23

Day 6

Mon.


Some of the cast of Radio 4's dramatisation of Life and Fate. Front row: Ellie Kendrick, Kenneth Branagh and Greta Scacchi as members of the Shtrum family. Back: Nigel Anthony and Harriet Walter as Pyotor Sokolov and his wife.


Essay on Life and Fate total due by 3:30 p.m

Life and Fate: The Radio Series : (BBC Radio 4) adapted by Mike Walker and Jonathan Myerson starring Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant

1. Viktor and Lyudmila (1:00)

2. Anna's Letter (56:00)

3. Zhenya and Krymov (1:10)

4. Vera and Her Pilot (1:52)

5. Journey: Poland (2:06)

6. Arbachuk and the Gulag (2:49)

7. Building 6/1

8. Lt. Peter Bach

9. Novikov's Story (4:00)

10. Hero of the Soviet Union (4:44)

11. Krymov in the Lubiyanka (4:57)

12. Fortress Stalingrad (5:40)

13. Viktor and the Academy (6:35)

4

24

Day 7

Tues.

4

25

Day 8

Wed.

Class Selection:

Sokolovís Salon in Kazan:

62.  Viktorís Problems with The Theory
63.  Sokolovís Salon
64. The Salon on Literature

Life and Fate Adaptation


4

26

Day 9

Thurs.

4

27

Day10

Fri.

Revision:
Life and Fate Adaptation

4

30

Day 1

Mon.

Rehearsal:
Life and Fate Adaptation

5

1

Day 2

Tues.

Tape:
Life and Fate Adaptation

5

2

Day 3

Wed.

5

3

Day 4

Thurs.

Tape:
Life and Fate Adaptation

Homework:

Remnick on Gorbachev (1991) and  Tolstaya on 1991 (1997)

5

4

Day 5

Fri.

5

7

Day 6

Mon.


Mikhail Gorbachev (1988)


Boris Yeltsin (1991)

Timeline: Gorbachev and Yeltsin

Amid Protests, Putin Returns to Presidency in Russia (NY Times 5-7-12)

Remnick on Gorbachev (1991)


Tolstaya
on 1991 (1997)


Homework: 

5

8

Day 7

Tues.

5

9

Day 8

Wed.


Solidarity Rally with Lech Walesa in Poland


Vaclav Havel, 1st President of the Czech Republic


Yeltsin OrdersArmy to Fire on the  Russian Legislature (1993)
Timeline: Gorbachev and Yeltsin
Mapping the Fall of Communism (1989-1991) (BBC)

Ash on 1991-1999
Tolstaya on Yeltsin (1994)

Homework:

Cohen, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War (2009) Chapter 6: Gorbachev's Lost Legacies

5

10

Day 9

Thurs.

5

11

Day10

Fri.


Cohen, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War (2009) Chapter 6: Gorbachev's Lost Legacies

Homework:

Merridaleís Haunted by Stalin

Pipesí Flight From Freedom

5

14

Day 1

Mon.




Vladimir Putin

Merridaleís Haunted by Stalin (2009)

The State of History in Russia Today:

ĎThe highest good in Muscovy was not knowledge but memory.í In a society where argument and democratic give and take have little purchase, the authority of precedent, of control over the past (and, by implication, over the direction of the future) plays a crucial part in conferring political legitimacy.

Pipesí Flight From Freedom (2004)

Homework: 

The Economist: The Russian Intelligentsia 

5

15

Day 2

Tues.


Anna Politkovskaya (1958-2006)

Amy Knight, Who Killed Anna Politkovskaya? NYRB November 6, 2008

The Economist: The Russian Intelligentsia (2008) (written on the occasion of Alexandre Solzhenitsyn's death)

Homework:

Essay on Russiaís Future.

5

16

Day 3

Wed

5

17

Day 4

Thurs.

5

18

Day 5

Fri.

Senior Exams

Essay on Russiaís Future due at exam time.

5

21

Day 6

Mon.

5

22

Day 7

Tues.

5

23

Day 8

Wed.

5

24

Day 9

Thurs.

5

25

Day10

Fri.

5

28

Day 0

Mon.

Memorial Day

5

29

Day1

Tues.

5

1/

18

Day5 

Wed

EXAMS

1/

19

Day6      

Thurs.

EXAMS

1/

20

Day7    

Fri.

EXAMS

          

1/

23

Day8

Mon.

EXAMS Make Up Day           

1/

24

Day9   

Tues.


1/

25

Day 10 

Wed