21H.466 Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics, Fall 2008
Author(s)Wood, Elizabeth A.
Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics
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At the beginning of the eighteenth century Russia began to come into its own as a major European power. Members of the Russian intellectual classes increasingly compared themselves and their autocratic order to states and societies in the West. This comparison generated both a new sense of national consciousness and intense criticism of the existing order in Russia. In this course we will examine different perspectives on Russian history and literature in order to try to understand the Russian Empire as it changed from the medieval period to the modern.
Muscovy, Empire, Peter the Great, Catherine II, nobility, bourgeoisie, Constitution, bureaucracy, Nicholas I, Decembrists, serfdom, Alexander II, Great reforms, intelligentsia, Caucasus, Russo-Japanese War, Lenin, World War I, Nicholas II