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Russian History to 1881

HIST 218
Spring 2011 not offered
Crosslisting: REES 218
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.

Essential Capabilities:
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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(HIST-MN)(HIST)

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