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“The Reddest of the Blacks”


For the past several months, I’ve been researching the life of Lovett Fort-Whiteman. Here’s a short film I made about his eventual arrest and death in Stalinist Russia.

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So I start teaching a Russian History class in August. I’ve decided to focus on the Soviet period. The class is 18 weeks and that gives me some time to go over the period with care. I want to have a broad reading list of primary documents for the students to read. I want archival documents, ego documents, political, economic, literature, art, film, any cultural text that illuminates the Soviet experience. I have a bunch of stuff in mind. But then I thought as a way to stimulate some decent discussion and get some readings that I might have not thought of or didn’t know, I figured to ask readers. What readings would you recommend for a survey on Soviet history?

The two texts that I am having for sure are:

Ronald G. Suny, The Soviet Experiment.
Author Koestler, Darkness at Noon.