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Glennys J. Young
HSTEU 444
Seattle Campus

Imperial Russia: 1700-1900

Development of Russia from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 444.

Class description

This course offers an introduction to the political, social, and cultural history of Russia from the reign of Peter the Great (1689-1725), the first tsar to be given the title "Emporer," to the Revolution of 1905, which challenged Russia's "Old Regime," turning the autocracy into a constitutional monarchy. In addition to examining the origins of the autocracy's crisis, we will examine the following themes: the emergence of a specific Russian "modernity" as Russia selectively imported from Western European ideas, political practices and technology; Russia as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious empire; the origins and meaning of political violence (e.g., terrorism); and the history of women and the family.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course assumes no background in Russian history. Some knowledge of European history, whether acquired in courses or through a less formal manner, would be helpful. If you are unsure whether your preparation is adequate, consult the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading will be outlined in the course syllabus.


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.
Last Update by Glennys J. Young
Date: 04/20/2005