History | Russia's Orient, 1552-1924
H640 | 23671 | Lazzerini


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with CEUS-U520

This course, for graduate students, examines the relationship
between Russia (late Muscovite and imperial) and the Turkic peoples
inhabiting the northern littoral of the Black Sea, the South and
North Caucasus, the Volga-Kama region, as well as nomadic and
sedentary Central and Inner Asia. Russian expansion and its goals,
Russian literary and scientific efforts to situate the “oriental”
Other within the evolving Empire, the complexities of imperial
management (juridical, economic, and political), and the competing
attractions to indigenous populations of resistance and
accommodation, will be some of the major themes pursued.
Requirements include:

*Extensive readings (primary sources, short literary pieces, and
analytical essays);

*Collective preparation—according to professional standards—of a set
of brief imperial documents that the instructor will provide;
Individual semester projects of 12-15 pages on some theme drawn from
a traveler’s journal, a surveyor’s report, the portfolio of a sketch-
artist or painter, or some other product of an eyewitness to
an “oriental” region and its Turko-Islamic inhabitants within the
period surveyed. The instructor will make available a bibliography
of possible sources.

In addition to the broad selection of primary and secondary readings
that will be available through OnCourse, the following collection of
essays will serve as our basic text throughout the semester and
should become part of your personal library:

Brower, Daniel, and Edward J. Lazzerini (eds.). "Russia’s Orient:
Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700-1917." Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1997.