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

Spring 2008

REE 385 • Chechnya 360: The Politics, Power, and People-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45659 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
GAR 0.128
Thomas J. Garza

Course Description

Course Content: 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 Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy and Vrubel, as well as in the musical compositions of Rubenstein and Shostakovich as well as contemporary popular Russian music, news and documentary footage, television series such as "The Brigade," Soldiers, and Special Forces, and the modern films of Paradjanov, Balabanov, Konchalovsky, and Bodrov. 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 the Caucasus. Rather than taking a monolithic approach with only one perspective on the region, Chechnya 360ยบ will attempt to provide an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach to create a full portrait of Chechnya and Chechens.

Grading Policy

Reaction paper (5 pp.) 15% Short critical essay (5-7 pp.) 20% Longer paper (10-15 pp.) 30% Seminar presentation 20% Participation 15%


" 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 U Press, 1999. " Chechnya: Life in a War Torn Society, Valery Tishkov, Berkeley: U of California Press, 2004. " A Hero of Our Times, Mikhail Lermontov, New York: Modern Library, 2004. " The Cossacks, Leo Tolstoy, New York: Modern Library, 2004. " Hadji Murat, Leo Tolstoy, Washington, D.C.: Orchises Press, 1996. " Packet of readings available at Speedway Printers in Dobie Mall Recommended Texts (available at UT Co-op): " Putin's Russia, Lilia Shevtsova, Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment , 2003. " Russias Restless Frontier: The Chechen Factor in Post-Soviet Russia, Dmitri Trenin, Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment, 2004.


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