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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2006

REE 345 • Chechnya: Politics/Power/People - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44525 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
MEZ 2.124

Course Description

This course will consider the history, culture, religions and recent upheaval of the region of the northern Caucasus called Chechnya. Beginning with early Russian depictions of the region in the literary and artistic works of Tolstoy, Lermontov and Vrubel.

The goal of the course is to bring this small nation within Russia into much sharper focus for students who wish to understand why it has played such a critical role in the current politics, culture and society in contemporary Russia and Central Asia.

Grading Policy

Longer paper (10-15 pp.) 30% Midterm Examination 20% Short Critical Essay (5-7 pp.) 20% Participation 20% Reaction Paper (5 pp.) 10%


" The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union? Matthew Evangelista, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2002. " Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power, Anatol Lieven, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. " To the Heart of a Conflict: Chenya, Andrew Meier, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2005. " Packet of readings in Russian available at Speedway Printers in Dobie Mall


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