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Fall 2012-2013
* HIS 360 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Russian Empire: From Peter the Great to Nicholas II

Ekaterina Pravilova

This course is a survey of Russian history from the late 1600s to the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917. During this period Russia emerged as one of the greatest powers in Europe and Asia. In 1917, it collapsed, and the first socialist state grew up on the debris of the former Empire. In this course we'll analyze the causes of Russia's enormous territorial growth and the reasons for its backwardness; explore why the Russian monarchy outlived other European monarchies and escaped the turmoil of the 19th century revolutions; and pay attention to the development of Russian art, culture, and intellectual life.

Sample reading list:
Catherine the Great, Oh, These Times!
Nikolai Gogol, The Nose
Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murad
Semen Kanatchikov, From the Story of My Life
Isaiah Berlin, Russian Thinkers

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading varies from 100-250 pages of reading a week. Students will write one original research-oriented paper (15-20 pages) for the end of the term.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
P/D/F option not available to History concentrators. No prior knowledge of Russian history or the Russian language required or necessary..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22257 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:15 Limit:25