History | Russia's Last Tsar!:Nicholas II
J400 | 2667 | Eklof

T 1:25P-3:30P BH321

J400 : For History Majors only.  Above section COAS intensive writing
section and also requires registration in COAS W333

This course examines the turbulent reign of Nicholas II, the last Romanov
to hold the throne of the Russian Empire.  We begin with the life of the
Tsar and his family, using both a popular pot-boiler biography and a
recent film series based upon an extensive photographic collection; next
is a well-crafted scholarly biography of Nicholas as a public figure.
After that we examine the autocratic political structure, problems of
empire, social change and discontent, daily life, cultural changes and,
finally, Russia in World War I.

Format: This is a reading, discussion and research seminar designed for
history majors with or without back in Russian history.

Requirements: Synopses and quizzes, a midterm on the life of Nicholas II,
and a 15 page paper on a topic selected by the student in consultation
with the teacher.