Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
Tsarist Russia: Empire and Nationalism
Cultural diversity was a crucial factor in Imperial Russian history. How was the Russian empire held together, and what was the role of the "nationalities question" in its disintegration? How was cultural diversity articulated and manifested in politics? What were the Imperial approaches to different nationalities? We shall explore these questions through examining the issues of identity, nationality policies, and ideologies. Particular attention will be given to the development of the nationalistic discourse in Imperial Russia.
The readings will include primary sources translated into English, theoretical and historical writings, and literary works. We will also be analyzing artistic and musical works.
Student learning goals
The course is designed as an introduction to history by offering training in basic skills crucial to the historianís craft: the evaluation and use of various types of primary sources; examination of historiansí approaches and interpretations; the practice of historical argumentation in discussions and writing.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading