History | Icon & Axe: Russia Through the Ages
D101 | 3001 | 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.