Splash Biography

PAXTON DECKER, BC Sophomor studying History

Major: History

College/Employer: BC

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I grew up in Denver, Colorado, and am getting used to the ideas of "ocean" and "moisture" here in Mass. I have been a student of History since I can remember what those words meant, and have had an unquenchable desire for documentaries, articles, and lectures on the subjects. Apparently as an elementary schooler I had attempted to check Karl Marx out of the school library, so do with that information what you will. Nevertheless, my fascination with these topics have carried on, and I am currently majoring in History. My main interests are socio-economic formations, medieval Asia, Empires and bureaucracy, and 20th century Socialism. I'm always happy to talk with anyone interested in these topics!

Past Classes

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H2052: Socialism in the 20th Century: What was it, and what became of it? in BC_Splash BC Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 28, 2021)
The 20th century saw the world's first established Socialist society, the Soviet Union, emerge from the rubble of Tsarist Russia. 50 years later, the USSR was the second-most world power, and had been joined by dozens of similarly minded countries across Europe, Asia, African, and Latin America that all saw solidarity with the mission to build Socialism and Communism. Today, only five of these countries remain. What happened? How did Socialism work, and what were its effects? What can the ghost of 20th century Socialism teach us today?