Russian and East European Institute | Empire of the Tsars
R500 | 4190 | Professor Eklof


REEI graduate students register for REEI R500

This course examines the Russian Empire under the Romanov tsars,
from Catherine the Great to Nicholas II and World War I (1762-
1917).  Students are introduced to basic events and themes in the
countryís political life, to the biographies of leading statesmen,
revolutionary men and women, and writers such as Chekhov, Tolstoy,
Dostoevsky (how their works depicted contemporary reality, but also
how their personal lives reflected the issues and ambiguities
plaguing Russian society).  Certain key events are treated in closer
detail: the Decembrist revolt, the Crimean War and Great Reforms,
the assassination and crisis of 1881, the Russo-Japanese War and the
Revolution of 1905 and World War I.

Attention is also given to policy dilemmas and ideologies:
liberalism, revolutionary socialism, conservatism, Panslavism and
anti-Semitism, and to changing relations between the state and
society, issues of empire, Russia as a Great Power in the modern
world, and the changing daily life of Russiaís diverse population
(its peasantry, factory work force, middle classes, and nobility).

Requirements:	(the mix changes from year to year, depending upon
size of class, thematic focus, and availability of books); weekly
responses (1-2 pages each, single space) and a final write-up paper,
or (your choice) a midterm and final (essay format).

Readings for purchase: (I choose from this list each year)

"Catherine the Great: A Short History", by Isabel DeMadariaga
(background)
"Russia in the Age of Reform and Reaction", by David Saunders
"A Sportsmanís Sketchbook", Ivan Turgenev
"The Abolition of Serfdom", David Moon
"Five Sisters:  Women Against the Tsar", B. Engel
"A Radical Worker in Revolutionary Russia", Kanatchikov
"Late Imperial Russia, 1890-1917", John F. Hutchinson