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Spring 2012-2013
* NES 362 (HA)   No Audit

Blood, Sex, and Oil: The Caucasus

Michael A. Reynolds

The Caucasus has served as a contested borderland from time immemorial and has fascinated outsiders for nearly as long. It is today a tense and explosive region. This course surveys the history of both the north and south Caucasus. It begins with an overview of the region's geography, peoples, and religions. It then examines in more detail the history of the Caucasus from the Russian conquest to the present day. Topics covered include ethnic and religious coexistence and conflict, imperial rule, imagery and identity, literature, Sovietization, the formation of national identities, and pipeline politics.

Sample reading list:
Charles King, The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus
Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murad
Moshe Gammer, Muslim Resistance to the Tsar
Austin Jersild, Orientalism and Empire: North Caucasus Mountain People
Ronald Suny, The Making of the Georgian Nation
Thomas De Waal, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150-200 pages of reading per week; mid-term; final; and a 10 page paper due on Dean's Date.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40651 C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:10 Limit:20