History | Seminar in Russian History
H740 | 6332 | Eklof
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
This course will look at selected themes in the history of Imperial
Russia. Students will be required to write numerous 1-2 page single
space responses to readings, and to write a bibliographic/critical
essay 15-20 pages in length to complete the course. Graduate
students without a working knowledge of Russian are welcome in the
course. The topics to be covered, subject to change, are as follows:
1) The “autocratic project: including how power was structured and
manifested, reform moments and goals; the state’s repressive
apparatus, and Great Reforms, Education, Stolypin and Witte. We
will not deal extensively with Empire, since Professor Raun offers a
course in this area.
2) The World of the Russian Peasant: daily life, serfdom, family,
resistance and rebellion, literacy, gender, change
3) The opposition movement: Decembrists, A. Herzen, populism,
marxism, liberalism, nationalism; state and society, society and
folk, the formation of political parties, and the Duma.
The “women’s question” of the 1860s, feminism and socialism. The
nobility as a political force in Russian politics
4) Urban Life, Recreation and Popular Culture
5) War: Russia as a Great Power; the Napoleonic, Crimean and
Great wars. The Russian military
6) Revolution: 1905 and 1917 (Professor Alex Rabinowitch will
be a guest speaker at one session).
Organization: For most sessions, all students will have a limited
amount of common readings, usually consisting of 1-2 articles; in
addition, each student will be required to read and report on a
monograph for 12 of the 15 sessions.
Students signed up for 740 (seminar) are required to do the
(articles) common readings, and to produce an original research paper
John Tosh, "The Pursuit of History" (2nd edition: Longman, 1991);
Richard J. Evans, "In Defense of History" (Norton, 1999); Alun
Munslow, "Deconstructing History"(1998); "The Routledge Companion to
Historical Studies"; Marc Raeff, "Understanding Imperial Russia"
(NY, 1984); Geoffrey Hosking, "Russia: People and Empire"
(Cambridge, 1997); Robert Service, eds., "Reinterpreting
Russia"(1999); Boris Mironov with Ben Eklof, "A Social History of
Imperial Russia" (2 volumes: 1999-2000); Janet Hartley, "A Social
History of the Russian Empire, 1650-1825" (1998); David
Saunders, "Russia in the Age of Reaction and Reform, 1801-
1881"(1992); John E. Hutchinson, "Late Imperial Russia, 1890-