D101 | 2834 | Ransel

12:20-1:10P     MWF     BH204

Above section carries culture studies credit

This course offers a fast-paced introduction to the main events and
issues in Russian history from earliest times to the present.  It
covers the foundation of a great Slavic state in the Eurasian plain,
colorful rulers such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine
the Great, Lenin and Stalin, the great upheavals of the 20th century,
including three revolutions, a civil war and two world wars.  The main
textbook is John Thompson's lively and quickly-read Russia and the
Soviet Union (fourth edition).  Other readings include anthropological
field notes about peasant family life and a recent investigative
report about the victims and perpetrators of the Stalin era's massive
killings and repressions.  Nearly all lectures will be accompanied by
slide images to illustrate aspects of the life of the time being
studied.  Grades will be based on three exams and two short papers.
The papers are to be built on the course readings and do not require
additional reading or research.  The exams relate directly to the
course readings and lectures, and students will be provided with study
questions to help them organize their exam preparation.