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Daniel Clarke Waugh
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.

Class description

THE MYTH OF RUSSIAN MODERNIZATION IN THE 18TH CENTURY

The course will test the assumptions of "modernization" theory by looking at the specific case of Russia in a "long 18th century" beginning in fact in the last half of the 17th century and bringing the story down to the beginning of the 19th. There will be a substantial emphasis on learning about "modernization" in a comparative European context. The Russian material in the course will focus especially on the times of Emperor Peter I "the Great" (1682-1725) and Catherin II "the Great" (1762-1796).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Since this the capstone course for history majors, students should come into the course with good analytical reading and writing skills and be prepared to do a lot of hard work and frequent writing assignments. No formal prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Seminar meeting once a week. Some general reading in the first week or two for background; then individualized (or possibly small group) assignments. Several analystical essays on assigned materials (no research paper). Grades based in the first instance on written work, but class particpation also will count.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 10/23/2003