Exploring Soviet History: Unity and the Role of Violence-Between 1917 and 1991, what (if any) were the key sources of Soviet unity? What (if any) were the key sources of Soviet disunity?

Assignment Question

Option #1: In what ways was violence – whether perpetrated in times of war or in times of peace – central to the creation, maintenance, and dissolution of the Soviet Union? In your analysis, you must make substantive (i.e. meaningful) use of FIVE of the following seven sources: Lenin, State and Revolution, Schechter, The Stuff of Soldiers, intro & chapter 4; Peri, War Within, intro & chapters 1-2; Laktionov, “Letter from the Front;” Khrushchev, “Speech to the 20th Party Congress,” Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl; and Gorbachev, “Resignation Speech.”

Option #2: Between 1917 and 1991, what (if any) were the key sources of Soviet unity? What (if any) were the key sources of Soviet disunity? In your analysis, you must make substantive (i.e. meaningful) use of at least 5 of the following sources assigned to you in this class: Lenin, State and Revolution Kollontai, “Communism and the Family” Trotsky, “Attention to Trifles” and “How to Raise a Human Being” Schechter, The Stuff of Soldiers, intro & chapter 4 Peri, War Within, intro & chapters 1-2 Khrushchev, “Speech to the 20th Party Congress Kitchen Debate (Primary Source #8.3 in the Chatterjee textbook) Moscow Women (interviews with Anna and Lida) Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl Gorbachev, “Resignation Speech” Practical Matters:

This essay must: • be approximately 8-10 pages in length; a bibliography page is NOT required • be typed, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, and 12-point font • have a title! Be creative! • be written as an academic essay with a clearly defined thesis statement For this project, you have the liberty to choose between two potential topics.

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