What was the Soviet government's source of legitimacy? What is the legitimacy of the
Russian government today?
What factors encouraged the "Gorbachev revolution"? What were the consequences
of those reforms?
How has Soviet political socialization affected the value system of Russians?
How did the suppression of the Parliament affect political values in Russia?
How has ethnic diversity affected the division of the USSR? What effect is it having
What change did the election of December, 1993, bring to Russia? Explain the rise of
dissenting parties in Russia.
What social and economic problems do the Russian people face today?
Outline the general characteristics of
the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet states in Russia and identify
similarities among the three states
Evaluate Lenin's analysis of the
political situation in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century and
explain the exceptions he took to Marx's analysis of historical change
Describe the state created by the
communist elite and Joseph Stalin to industrialize Russia and analyze the
degrees to which such a state matched Marxist ideology
Distinguish between the policy changes
in the USSR after Stalin's death and the ways in which the Soviet state
Evaluate the hypothesis of the "graying
of communism" based on the politics and events of the years 1965 through
Describe the goals of perestroika,
glasnost, and democratization
Analyze the effects of perestroika,
glasnost, and democratization on the Soviet state and compare them to the
effects of globalization of media and rising expectations within the
Analyze the results of rapid
privatization of economic institutions in Russia
Describe the political changes that
followed the 1991 and 1993 conflicts between political factions in Russia
Compare and contrast the roles of
Yeltsin and Putin in bringing about change in Russia's political
institutions and political culture
Hypothesize about the short term and
long term results of the economic and political changes in Russia since
1991 and since 1999