Courses / History / RUSSIAN HISTORY: TENTH CENTURY TO WORLD WAR II

Coordinators: Caroline Thompson, Steve Allen

Russian history is a study of fascinating contrasts: a country in close contact with Western Europe but maintaining a very separate set of traditions, including a history of serfdom and absolute authority exercised by the Tsar. We will begin with a quick summary of the three lectures that were given before the course was interrupted. We will then pick up with the legacy of Peter the Great and follow events from Catherine the Great through Napoleon’s invasion, the freeing of the serfs, the Russian Revolution, Lenin and Stalin. We will also discuss Russia’s enormous contributions to Western literature, music, dance, theater, and intellectual traditions. Hopefully, a study of Russian history can help us understand modern Russia of today.

B WEEK / TUESDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm


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