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2019 Summer
* GLS 328 / RES 328 / MUS 327 / SLA 328 (HA)   na, npdf

Moscow: Culture, History, Politics

Simon A. Morrison


This seminar explores the history, culture, and politics of Moscow, a metropolis of 12 million that is at once the capital of the Russian Federation and a state of its own, distinct from the rest of the country and the world. The course begins, with the construction of the Kremlin and then proceeds chronologically from the 17th-century to the present, exploring the city's outsized contribution to religious and philosophical thought, literature, and music while tracing the physical and political history of the capital. The seminar will include a contrasting week of study in the former (imperial) Russian capital of St. Petersburg.

Sample reading list:
Alexander Pushkin, Boris Godunov
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Christine Ezrahi, Swans of the Kremlin
Stephen Kotkin, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler
Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
Shaun Walker, The Long Hangover
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Active seminar and excursion participation, two reports, 1 final research paper

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Other information:
This class will meet 6/10/19 to 7/19/19. In addition to seminar meetings, students will be required to attend a Russian language course that will complement the content of the seminar. If interested in applying, please see GPS application.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10007 S01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15