Susan N. Smith
Development of Russia from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. Offered: jointly with HSTEU 444.
["B" term Summer 2004] This course will cover Russian history from the reign of Peter the Great through the 1905 Revolution.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
In addition to a textbook and some handouts, we will use autobiographical materials to examine the lives of the lower classes, and elite understandings of the masses. We will also consider ideas of reform and revolution in an autocratic regime, and the relationship of Russia to the West.
While no background knowledge of Russian history is necessary, previous work in European history may be helpful. Given that this five-credit class will take place over four weeks, the ability to integrate and analyze a large amount of written material quickly and efficiently will be critical.
Class assignments and grading
Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.