Ch 5: History of the USSR

About This Chapter

The History of the USSR chapter of this History of Russia: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master the history of the USSR. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of Soviet history.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Soviet history material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn the history of the USSR. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding Soviet history
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the history of the USSR
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the History of the USSR chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the History of the USSR chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any USSR history question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a USSR unit of a standard Russian history course. Topics covered include:

  • Soviet involvement in World War II
  • The USSR under Joseph Stalin
  • Nikita Khrushchev and his policies
  • Influence of the Brezhnev Doctrine in Eastern Europe
  • The Glasnost and Perestroika policies of Mikhail Gorbachev

13 Lessons in Chapter 5: History of the USSR
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

1. The Soviet Union Under Stalin: Five-Year Plans, Purges & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the brutal rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, from 1928 to 1953. Stalin radically transformed the economy of the Soviet Union, while also terrorizing its people.

USSR Involvement in World War II

2. USSR Involvement in World War II

In this lesson, we explore the actions and motives of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union during WWII. Learn how the war's results helped spur the 20th century's Cold War.

Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe

3. Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe

In this lesson, we explore the post-World War II settlement of Eastern Europe, and the subsequent Soviet domination of governments in Eastern Europe, as well as the creation of the Warsaw Pact.

The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact

4. The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact

In this lesson, we explore the fall and breakup of the Warsaw Pact and Eastern Bloc of communist countries allied with, and client states of, the Soviet Union from after World War II until the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

5. Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the life and career of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. The country's leader after the death of Joseph Stalin, Khrushchev implemented several domestic reforms while also standing toe-to-toe with the West.

The Brezhnev Doctrine's Influence on Eastern Europe

6. The Brezhnev Doctrine's Influence on Eastern Europe

In this lesson, we explore the Soviet Union's grip on Eastern Europe in the second half of the 20th century and the Brezhnev Doctrine, which dictated its actions in several countries.

Life in the USSR Under Andropov & Chernenko

7. Life in the USSR Under Andropov & Chernenko

In this lesson, we'll explore the brief terms of Yury Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretaries in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Find out how each one affected, or fail to affect, life in the UUSR in the 1980s.

Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

8. Gorbachev's Policies of Glasnost and Perestroika: Explanation and Significance

In this lesson, we will examine Mikhail Gorbachev's reform policies of glasnost and perestroika. We will learn what led to these developments and see how they impacted the Soviet Union.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

9. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

Recovery Strategies in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

10. Recovery Strategies in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

In this lesson, we will learn about the Soviet Union's strategy for recovery following World War II. We will learn what efforts the Soviet Union took to restore its economic footing, and we will see how the Soviet strategy differed from that of the Western democracies.

The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

11. The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, where both political structures and economic models were left in limbo.

Soviet Union Propaganda During The Cold War

12. Soviet Union Propaganda During The Cold War

In this lesson, we'll learn about Soviet propaganda during the Cold War. We'll highlight prominent themes in Soviet propaganda, and we'll identify how and why they were used.

Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

13. Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

The end of the Cold War introduced a new set of challenges. In this lesson, we'll look at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program and see how it dealt with the changes of the era.

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