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Russian History to 1881
HIST 218 SP
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
its political culture) and gave modern Russia a history punctuated by desperate but futile upheavals from below and costly changes forced from above.
P. Avrich, RUSSIAN REBELS, 1600-1800
J. Billington, THE ICON AND THE AXE
R. Crummey, THE FORMATION OF MUSCOVY, 1304-1613
V. Figner, MEMOIRS OF A REVOLUTIONIST
In addition, a variety of readings on Russian
religion and culture, important
rulers, such as Ivan the Dread, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great, and on special topics, such as the growth of bureaucracy, economic transformation and social change.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
A three-hour final and three 6-8 page essays
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
This is mainly a lecture course, but some time will be set aside during each session for questions and comments. A few meetings will be devoted to discussion of selected texts.
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