History | D303 4470 Heroes & Villains in Russian History 10:30-11:20 D BH305 Eklof
D303 | 4470 | Eklof


Above section carries culture studies credit

This introductory course examines major themes in Russian history through
the individual life stories of colorful, controversial, mainly famous but
also obscure individuals. The emphasis is upon how individuals shaped
history, how they in turn were shaped by forces, and how the private and
the public intersected in their lives. The course also focuses upon
biography and memoir as specific genre or source for approaching
historical issues. Lives selected for study vary somewhat from year to
year, but include Gorbachev, Avaakum (a church dissident), Pugachev [a
peasant rebel], Kanatchikov [a radical worker], five women revolutionaries
of the 19th century, a group of followers of Tolstoy, the first European
woman to hold the post of minister [Alexandra Kollontai] and a woman
imprisoned by Stalin. Three famous writers [Tolstoy, Chekhov and Gorky]
will also be included:

Readings include:
J Thompson, Russia and the Soviet Union: A History
M.S. Anderson Peter the Great
Isabel de Madariaga, Catherine the Great
B. Engel, ed., Five Sisters
E. Ginzburg, Into the Whirlwind

No background required. Basic texts in Russian history will be available
on reserve, and on occasion the student will be required to read in these
texts.
[All available for purchase, and on Reserve]
Format: lectures combined with informal classroom discussion.
Requirements: two exams and weekly quizzes on reading.