HIS 343L • History of Russia to 1917
This course examines the rise and fall of the Russian Empire from the time of Peter the Great (ruled 1689-1725) to the 1917 Revolution. We will explore Russia's rising prominence as a great power in Europe and in Eurasia as well as the internal weaknesses and fragmentation, which produced a powerful revolutionary movement and eventually led to the fall of the imperial government. Recurring themes we will consider include the strengths and weaknesses of autocracy as a political system, the role serfdom played in Russia's development and underdevelopment, the polarization of Russia's privileged men and women into arch-conservatives and radical revolutionaries, the role played by cities and their people, the importance of Russia's rocky relationship with the West, and the central influence on the country's political culture of Russia's domination of non-Russian nationality areas on the empire's periphery.
Map Exercise - 10% Two Mid-Terms - 20% each Final Exam - 40%
Gregory Freeze, ed. Russia: A History W. Bruce Lincoln, Sunlight at Midnight: St Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia Anna Labzina, Days of a Russian Noblewoman Engel & Rosenthal, eds., Five Sisters: Women Against the Tsar Orlando Figes, A Peopleës Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution