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Russian History to 1881

HIST 218
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: REES 218
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.

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-History)(HIST)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-17-2014
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