HIST 240 Muscovy and the Russian Empire

Last offered Fall 2013

Between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries the princes and political elite of Muscovy created an extensive multi-ethnic and multi-religious empire in Eastern Europe and Asia. Over the next 150 years their imperial heirs transformed and extended this empire, to the point that on the eve of the Crimean War (1853-1855) many believed it to be the most powerful state in Europe. But defeat in the war exposed the weakness of the imperial regime and helped to provoke a process of state-led reform that failed to avert, and may well have contributed to, the collapse of the regime in the February Revolution of 1917. Using a combination of primary and secondary sources, this course will explore the character of the Muscovite and the Russian empires and the forces, processes, and personalities that shaped their formation, expansion, and, in the latter case, collapse.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a map quiz, several short essays based on class readings, and a final self-scheduled exam
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia,HIST Group G Electives - Global History,INST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 15-25
Class Number: 1427
HIST 240 LEC Muscovy and the Russian Empire Division 2: Social Studies William G. Wagner
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