For centuries, people have used crime in Russia and the Russian state’s response to crime as lenses through which to examine Russian history and the Russian experience. This tutorial will follow in this tradition, but will adopt a more critical approach to question how or if crime and deviance can speak to the nature of the Russian state and its relationship to Russian society writ large. To answer this question, we will read a combination of original historical sources and recent scholarship that cover the entirety of Russian history: from the creation of the first legal code in Medieval Muscovy to the publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago in 1962 and beyond. By semester’s end, students will have developed an understanding of both the major historical actors and events in Russian criminal and legal history, and the intellectual debates that they sparked among contemporaries and present day scholars alike.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
a student either will write and present orally a 3- to 5-page essay on the assigned readings or will be responsible for offering an oral critique of their partner's work
first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
Each student will write five 5-to-7-page papers on which the instructor will provide written feedback regarding grammar, style, and argument. Each student will write five 3-page critiques of their partners' papers. As the final assignment, each student will revise one of their five papers. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia