History | Icon & Axe: Russia to 1861
D102 | 21681 | D. Ransel


Above class carries culture studies credit.  A portion of this class
reserved for University Division Orientation Program students.

This course offers an introduction to the main events and issues in
Russian history from earliest times to the Crimean War in the mid
nineteenth century.  It covers the foundation of a great Slavic
state in the Eurasian plain, the Kievan era of early state building,
the Mongol Conquest, and colorful rulers such as Ivan the Terrible,
Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. Lectures will focus on
history-shaping events such as the rise of the Muscovite State, the
reign of Boris Godunov and the Time of Troubles in the early
seventeenth century, the Great Northern War that Peter the Great
fought to bring Russia into Europe, and the invasion of Russia and
occupation of Moscow by Napoleon in 1812. The one textbook is
Russia: A History, ed G. Freeze. Other materials include readings in
documentary sources. 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 five short papers
(one page each) responding to the documentary readings. 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.