Geography | Geography of Former Soviet Lands
G426 | 2486 | Zlotin

This course will be attractive for everyone who is interested in
Russia and the other republics of the former Soviet Union, which for
many years threatened the whole world, and only recently ceased to
exist as a superpower.  Russia, the largest of the 15 republics of the
USSR, is aspiring to become a democratic state with a free market
economy, while maintaining its geopolitical influence on the vast
expanse of Northern Eurasia.

How do the imperial traditions of the Russian State formed over a
thousand years blend with current processes of democratization, how
successfully is the free market economy developing in a country where
centralization was a major principle of the state?  What future will
Russia and the other republics of the former Soviet Union have in our
rapidly changing world?  These and many other questions will be
discussed in the course.

Everybody who takes this course, offered at both undergraduate and
graduate levels, will learn about the history of development of the
Russian State and the Soviet Union, become acquainted with basics of
economic geography of the economy, numerous ethnic groups, their
cultural geography, features of the environment across the wide
expanse of this territory, from the icy Russian Arctic to the hot
subtropics of Georgia and Turkmenistan.  Russia is not only an immense
region extremely rich in natural resources, but also a vast market of
labor attractive to anyone who is interested in Russian culture and
emerging Russian business.  Class discussions on problems of the
development and geography of Russia and the former Soviet Union,
informative videos and thematic papers will give an opportunity for
easier learning of the class material.

G427 fulfills the SHSI distribution requirement.