HIST 241
Imperial Russia: State and Society between Europe and Asia
Last Offered Fall 2020
Division II
Cross-listed RUSS 241 / HIST 241
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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Russia. The name alone evokes wonder, fear, romance, and history itself. Over the past ten centuries, the territory that we now call the Russian Federation has witnessed dramatic transformations that underwrote its transition from feudal backwater to global superpower. Its journey from tribalism to imperialism, feudalism to autocracy, agrarianism to industrialization, monarchism to parliamentarianism, Orthodox Christianity to revolutionary atheism, left a mark not just on the collective Russian conscious, but on a world that has grown accustomed to viewing Russia as a site for ideas, projects, and processes both exemplary and tragic. How did Russian state power borrow and depart from west European norms? How did foreign and domestic norms contribute to the creation of a “Russian” identity? How did Russian elites and ordinary people resist, collaborate with, or develop an apathy towards the Russian state, and to what success? This course will seek to answer these questions through a survey of Russian Imperial history from its founding in Kievan Rus’ in the 10th century to the October Revolution of 1917.
The Class: Format: seminar; Each week, students will watch a pre-recorded asynchronous lecture that will provide context for the readings due that week. Students will be assigned to a small group of no more than 5 students which will "meet" with the instructor for a weekly, tutorial-style discussion on Zoom.
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 2840
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class attendance and participation, two short papers (3-5 pages), ~80 pages of reading a week, one take-home midterm exam essay and one take-home final exam essay
Prerequisites: none, open to all students
Enrollment Preferences: History majors.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RUSS 241 Division I HIST 241 Division II
Attributes: GBST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives
HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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