History | War and Peace
D300 | 10383 | Eklof and Stefani

Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA's only
Above class meets with SLAV-S320

Vast in scope and with characters that have captivated readers for
generations, Tolstoy’s novel, "War and Peace," is one of the
greatest achievements not just in Russian literature, but in world
literature as a whole. It is a story of Russia at war, both with a
foreign enemy and, in many ways, with itself. The novel poses
fundamental questions about why nations go to war, what factors
determine national and personal identity, and what comprises great
events of history. It also asks us to examine the nature and
importance of family and human beings’ relations to each other and
to the world. More fundamentally, however, it questions how both
history and novels should be written. In this team-taught,
interdisciplinary course, we will examine Tolstoy’s great work from
the perspectives of both history and literature. The class will be
led by faculty members from both the Department of History and the
Slavic Department, so that students will engage in the way different
disciplines approach the problems and questions the novel poses.
Students will read "War and Peace," as well as supplementary works
related to the novel’s historical and cultural background, and will
watch the 1966 film version by Sergei Bondarchuk. This course
carries S&H credit.