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Thesis Statement + Outline

Throughout the semester, I have examined several central issues in modern Russian history, including the
questions of:

• Continuities and ruptures between the tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods;

• How Soviet communism evolved and changed in its tactics and goals throughout the Soviet period;

• The relationships of the tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet governments with non-Russian “minority” populations;

• Whether or not the tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet states can rightly be termed “imperialist”;

• The status of women in the tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet states;

• The role of science, scientists, and expertise in the Soviet and post-Soviet states.