Russian History to 1881|
Spring 2007 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course surveys Russian history from the origins of the Kievan state to the period of the Great Reforms of Alexander II, ending with his assassination in 1881. We focus upon the factors that shaped Russian culture (including its political culture) and gave modern Russia a history punctuated by desperate but futile upheavals from below and costly changes forced from above.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-History)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(SISP-Hist Conc)
P. Avrich, RUSSIAN REBELS, 1600-1800
J. Billington, THE ICON AND THE AXE
R. Crummey, THE FORMATION OF MUSCOVY, 1304-1613
V. Figner, MEMOIRS OF A REVOLUTIONIST
In addition, a variety of readings on Russian religion and culture, important rulers, such as Ivan the Dread, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great, and on special topics, such as the growth of bureaucracy, economic transformation and social change.
|Examination and Assignments: |
A three-hour final and three 6-8 page essays
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is mainly a lecture course, but some time will be set aside during each session for questions and comments. A few meetings will be devoted to discussion of selected texts.