Simon R. E. Werrett
Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
SCIENCE IN RUSSIAN CULTURE
This seminar concentrates on slected episodes in the history of Russian science from the magic of Muscovite Russia to the Stalinist science of Lysenko in the 1930s. Topics may include: science in imperial Russian court culture; Russia's unique mathematical tradition; Darwinism in Russia; Marxism/Bolshevism and the sciences.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Russian language useful, but not essential. Recommend examination of Loren Graham (see below) work prior to beginning of class.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly seminar discussion of papers (all are in English) available in coursepack. Students will write short review essays of their reading, and complete a longer paper on a specific topic in the history of Russian science.