History | Russia's Orient 1552-1924
T500 | 12293 | Lazzerini

Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with CEUS-R 628

This course for graduate students examines the relationship between
Russia (late Muscovite and imperial) and the Turkic peoples
inhabiting the northern littoral of the Black Sea, the Caucasus and
Transcaucasus, the Volga-Ural region, as well as nomadic and
sedentary Central and Inner Asia.  Some of the major themes pursued
will be Russian expansion and its goals, Russian literary and
scientific efforts to situate the “oriental” Other within the
evolving Empire, the complexities of imperial management (juridical,
economic, and political), and the competing attractions to
indigenous populations of resistance and accommodation.
Requirements include:
* A broad selection of readings (primary sources, short literary
pieces, and analytical essays) and the following anthology:

Brower and Lazzerini (eds.). "Russia’s Orient: Imperial Borderlands
and Peoples, 1700-1917." Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997

All readings, including the anthology, will be available in digital

* Collective preparation—according to professional standards—of an
edition of imperial documents that the instructor will provide;

* Individual semester projects of 12-15 pages on some theme drawn
from a traveler’s journal, a surveyor’s report, the portfolio of a
sketch-artist or painter, or some other product of an eyewitness to
an “oriental” region and its Turkic-Islamic inhabitants within the
period surveyed. The instructor will make available a bibliography
of possible sources.