Imperial Russia, 1682-1917|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course will survey central issues in Russian history from Peter the Great's reign in the late 17th century to the Revolution of 1917, following Russia's development, expansion, and transformation. How and why did Russia come to dominate a vast Eurasian space? How did Russia's rulers exert control over the diverse cultures, languages, religions, and peoples that came under their influence? What role did national identity play in the relationship between the imperial center and its peripheries? In addition to exploring Russia's imperial legacy, the course will explore the classic problems in the study of Russian imperial history: the nature of autocratic rule and the attempts of Russia's leaders and thinkers to identify Russia's special path and overcome "backwardness"; the conflict between Slavophiles and Westerners to find a basis for Russian identity; the experience of revolutionary change in the political, social, and cultural spheres in the 18th through 20th centuries; late and rapid industrialization and urbanization; and the possibilities and limits of reform from within the system.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
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.