Examines special topics in European history.
St. Petersburg/Leningrad: City as History This course provides an overview of the political, social, and cultural history of one of Europe's most splendid cities, St. Petersburg. We will focus on the changing world of St. Petersburg from its foundation in 1703 to 1991, and also use it as a window to explore major themes in Imperial Russian and Soviet history. These themes include Westernization and the question of Russiaʼs national identity, urbanization, industrialization, revolution, multinational empire, World War II, Stalinism and socialistic reformism. St. Petersburgʼs history will serve as the landscape to help us think about how historians work. We will analyze texts and images of St. Petersburg in order to understand how history is recorded and written.
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