Coordinators: Caroline Thompson, Steve Allen, John Spiegel
Russian history is a study of fascinating contrasts. It is a country in close contact with Western Europe that maintained a very separate set of traditions and identity, absolute authority exercised by the Tsar, and the Russian form of Christianity, which was very distinct from that of Western Europe. Our 1000 years of history will cover Russia’s beginning, known as Kievan Rus, through centuries of noteworthy leaders, such as Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. We will also discuss Russia’s enormous contribution to Western literature, music, dance, theater and intellectual traditions. Hopefully, a study of Russian history can help us understand modern Russia of today.