History | Icon & Axe: Russia Through the Ages
D101 | 17316 | Ransel

Above section carries Culture Studies credit
A portion of this class reserved for University Division Orientation
Program students

Need study skills help?  Then contact the Student Academic Center
(855-7313) for on-line authorization for EDUC-X101 (Learning
Strategies for History, two additional credits) that will be offered
2:30 MW or 4:00 MW.

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 Stalin, and Gorbachev, the great
upheavals of the 20th century, including three revolutions, a civil
war and two world wars.  The main textbook is Roger Bartlett’s new
and quickly read A History of Russia. Other readings include
anthropological field notes about peasant family life and a study of
either Stalinism or World War II.  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