Russian History to 1881|
|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.
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-History)(HIST)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(SISP-Hist Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: (If discrepancies exist between major readings in Wesmaps and the results generated by the Text Book Information link, defer to the readings posted in Broad Street Books.)|
Text Book Information
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
|Examination 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.
|Instructor(s): Smolkin-Rothrock,Victoria Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 2||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 5||SO: 10||FR: 10|
|Web Resources: Moodle, WesFiles Folders|