History | Icon and Axe: Russian Through the Ages
D101 | 2857 | Ransel


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 Thompsonís 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
eraís 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.