This course is a sequel to Course 1 “Russian Life & Culture during the Cold War”. It is based on the Tutor’s personal experience of living in the USSR during ‘perestroika’ and the USSR collapse. Illustrated with period artefacts, audio and video materials, the course explores some key events in the economic, political and cultural life, including national independence movements, and the ways they affected lives of ordinary Soviet people, with the focus on the Baltic States. Students are encourage to discuss current affairs related to Russia in the light of her recent past. Each session is supplemented by handouts with optional interactive tasks and a reading list.

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