Steve Barnes: Gulag Readings

The Gulag Lecture (3): Readings In my last post on teaching the Gulag in a survey course, I want to turn attention briefly to readings. In this, I doubt I will offer many suggestions that Russian history specialists are unaware of, but perhaps other instructors will find it helpful. We have a vast treasure of […]

Steve Barnes: Teaching the Gulag with Images

The Gulag Lecture (2): The Images When I give my Gulag lecture, I use quite a number of images and for many different reasons. In some cases, they simply provide illustration to back up and reinforce the things I am talking about. In others, the image itself becomes an integral part of the lesson, and […]

Steve Barnes: Goals for Teaching the Gulag

The Gulag Lecture (1): The Fundamental Questions First, let me congratulate Karl Qualls on the creation of Teaching History. I am excited that a new blog with significant focus on Russian history has appeared, but even more excited that the blog focuses on teaching. At Russian History Blog (, we do talk about teaching issues […]