This course offers a comparative survey of the Uralic (i.e., Finno-Ugric and Samoyed) peoples, residing in Eastern and Northern Europe and Siberia, and their cultures. Topics covered will include the origins and history of the Uralic peoples, traditional and modern cultures, ethnic and national identity, socioeconomic development and modernization, and political independence and imperial Russian rule. We will also look at ties and relations among the various Uralic peoples, especially in the 20th century.
Requirements: for U370--a midterm and a final exam (both essay) as well as a 5- 7-pp. paper; for U520--a 6-7-pp. book review, a 15-pp. research paper, and a final exam.