History | D101 2718 Icon & Axe: Russia Through Ages 1:00-2:15 TR BH242 Ransel
D101 | 2718 | Ransel

Above section carries Culture Studies Credit

This course introduces the student to central themes in Russian history;
the creation of empire and of a powerful central state; the stubborn
persistence of religious resistance, popular democratic traditions, and
creative/humorous outlets, often overlooked in Western textbooks on
Russia. Dramatic turning points in Russian history and colorful
personalities are highlighted, but daily life is also studied through
memoirs, primary sources in translation, and lectures. We use a brief and
lively textbook: John Thompson, Russia and the Soviet Union (third
edition) and a variety of other sources. There are no prerequisites;
grading will be based on three equally weighted tests and regular quizzes
or single-page synopses of the reading. Lectures are informal, and build
upon or critically evaluate, rather than repeat, the readings.