Russian History to 1881|
Fall 2013 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course will survey central issues in Russian history from the origins of Kievan Rus to the Great Reforms of Alexander II, ending with his assassination in 1881. It will trace the political, cultural, and religious traditions that shaped the historical experience of Russian lands and peoples. We will examine Russia's understanding of its place in the world (geographically, politically, and culturally) and the ways in which this self-conception changed over time and influenced the course of events. We will consider early sources of Russian political and cultural identity, focusing on several themes: the influence of religion; imperial ambitions, expansion, and the peculiarity of the empire that evolved; recurring "times of troubles" and problems of governance; and the role of imagination and culture in Russia's political and social life.
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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)
Nicholas Riasanovsky and Mark Steinberg, A History of Russia: Combined Volume
Gary Marker and Daniel Kaiser, eds., Reinterpreting Russian History: Readings, 860-1860
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons, trans. Michael Katz
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 5-7 page papers and final examination.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course will have components of both lecture and seminar formats. There will be opportunity to explore themes of particular interest in class discussion and in the three required papers.
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