Week XI:  The origins of the Cold War and late Stalinism.  



We are going to do things a little differently this week!

Each of you is assigned one of three "lecture topics." 

Your task for next week is to prepare an outline for "your" lecture--as if you were preparing to give a 20 minute lecture to a Soviet History class that you were teaching.

When you prepare a lecture for a class, you have to consider these questions:

1) What is your main point (argument) in the lecture?  [a good lecture has a central thesis, just like a good book or article has a thesis]

2) What are the most important examples that demonstrate your main point?

3) What is the best way to present and explain those examples and what details do you need to present to make the example clear?  [one issue to consider is if you should organize your presentation chronologically or thematically]

4) How can you help your audience understand how your main argument (and your examples) connect to the "big issues" that have been discussed in the class in previous weeks?

SO, think about those questions BEFORE you begin to outline your lecture!


You must base your lecture on our readings for this week in Suny AND in Kuromyia (use both books!)

You must TYPE the outline for your lecture (in outline form). 

Be sure that you begin your outline by stating your main point.

Be sure that you break your outline into your main sub-points and specific examples.

Be sure that you include references to the specific "facts" that you need to explain to your audience regarding each example

Be sure that you indicate the source of these "facts"--e.g., Suny, p. 349, or Kuromyia, p. 183.

Be sure that you indicate any quotations from Suny and Kuromyia that you would use in your lecture.

You must make copies of your outline for me and for everyone in class.  If you don't, I will deduct 10 percent from your class participation grade!.


Here are the assigned lecture topics:

1.  The nature of Stalin's personal power in the post-war period    TRACY, LOFTUS, AND DZURKO

2.  The causes of the Cold War   SHILLING, LONGO, AND BELINKO

3.  What changed and what did not change in the domestic policies of the Soviet government between 1945 and 1952  SOPRANO, LOSCALZO, AND JARSOCRAK