|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. Along the way we study the Mongol conquest, the rise of a Great Russian state under the Muscovite tsars; the reign of Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles; the transition to a Western-oriented imperial state under Peter the Great; the vast but futile social upheavals of the early modern period; and the formation of one of the great imperial powers of the modern era under Catherine the Great and her successors.
The three assigned essays and final examination consisting of two essays give students practice at arguing cogently with evidence supporting their interpretations of historical problems. The in-class final tests ability to review and synthesize.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
MEDIEVAL RUSSIA'S EPICS, ZENKOVSKY, S.
CHRONICLES AND TALES HALPERIN, C.
RUSSIA AND THE GOLDEN HORDE, A. PAVLOV AND M. PERRIE
IVAN THE TERRIBLE, L. HUGHES
PETER THE GREAT, I. TURGENEV
FATHERS AND SONS, W. MOSS
A HISTORY OF RUSSIA VOL. I TO 1917 2ND ED.,
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Final examination and three 6 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.
|Instructor(s): Langer,Lawrence Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: PAC004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 2||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 11||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 5||SO: 10||FR: 10|
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