History | Imperial Russia
H640 | 28351 | Eklof


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with HIST-H740

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
displayed, 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:  we will have common readings, both monographs and
articles.  Students are to post two questions on oncourse each week
at least 24 hours before class, as a contribution to class
discussions. Each student will choose a week when s/he will give a
half hour oral presentation based on extensive readings for the
topic we are discussing that week.  That presentation will be the
core of the critical essay to be submitted at the end of the semester
 
Students signed up for 740 (seminar) are required to do a selection
from the common readings [to be negotiated with me], and to produce
an original research paper  [attendance after the first few weeks is
recommended but not required

Readings:
Background reading in textbooks  [Saunders, Hosking, Florinsky,
Seton-Watson, Rogger, Hutchinson, etc]

Monographs and articles