Russian history from the founding of Kiev to the death of Alexander I, with emphasis upon the Princes of Kiev, the Mongols, Russian Orthodoxy, Time of Troubles, the Romanovs, Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, Napoleon and the beginning of the revolutionary tradition. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
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Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
A History of Russia and the Soviet Union
By Mackenzie, David and Michael Curran (Dorsey Press) Recommended
Russia: A History
By Harcave, Sidney (Lippincott) Recommended
Russia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction
By Thompson, John M. (Macmillan) Recommended
• To become acquainted with the basic political evolution of Russian civilization and the fundamental character of Russian culture. • To discern and trace the basic continuity of Russian history from its origins in Byzantine Orthodoxy, Kiev, the Mongol conquest, and the rise of Moscovy, to its impact on Western history during the Napoleonic era. • To acquire a mature understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness and dignity of Russian history.
• Explain the problem of Russian geography and how its physical nature influenced the development of Russian history. • Describe and analyze the first Russian state and the role of the Orthodox Church in the formation of Russian culture. • Analyze the Mongol Empire and the clash of interpretations over the Mongol effect on Russian development. • Describe the rise of Moscow and the coming of the Tsars. • Analyze and describe the reign of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great in regard to the problem of slavophile and Westernizer. • Evaluate the coming of serfdom and the deep origins of the Russian Revolution.
• Ancient Russia • Kiev • Orthodoxy • Moscow • Ivan the Great • Ivan the Dread • Time of troubles • The First Romanovs • Peter the Great • Catherine the Great • Paul and Alexander I • The first Russian revolutionaries
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
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