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HIS 153 — Ten Moments That Shook Russian History

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 5—May 31
Time: 6:30—8:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 18
Unit: 1
Tuition: $395
Instructor(s): Kristen Edwards
Status: Open
Spring
On-campus course
Wednesdays
6:30—8:20 pm
Date(s)
Apr 5—May 31
9 weeks
Drop By
Apr 18
1 Unit
Fees
$395
Instructor(s):
Kristen Edwards
Open
Russian history is an exciting story of imperial intrigue, war, and revolution. This course focuses on watershed moments from the past 1,000 years, using art, film, music, and literature to enrich our understanding of this nation’s people, traditions, and history. A central theme in this course will be the creative refashioning of centralized power in the Russian state, starting with the gathering of the Rus’ lands under the rule of Muscovy and continuing with the creation of a powerful Eurasian empire during the 18th century, the establishment of a communist Soviet superpower, and Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian dominance over the Russian Federation.

Some of the key moments we will examine—the moments that shook Russian history—will include the rise of the tsars, the enlightened rule of Catherine the Great, the revolutions of 1917, the Soviet command economy, and Gorbachev’s perestroika. We will also look at Russia’s Golden Age of Literature, exploring classic works by Chekhov and Dostoevsky. For the final week, we will enjoy an elegant four-course Russian dinner at a local restaurant.

Students should expect to spend approximately $35 on dinner at the final session. Additional details will be provided in class.

Kristen Edwards, Lecturer in History, Notre Dame de Namur University

Kristen Edwards received a PhD in history from Stanford and has twenty years of experience teaching Russian, European, and world history. She is a contributor to Seventeen Moments in Soviet History, an online archive that provides access to Soviet texts, videos, songs, and images. Edwards studied at Leningrad State University, conducted archival research in Siberia in the 1980s and 1990s, and has led a variety of educational groups to Russia.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Paul Bushkovitch, A Concise History of Russia (ISBN 978-0-521-54323-1 )
(Required) Anton Chekhov, The Major Plays (ISBN 0451530373)
(Required) Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes From Underground: 150th Anniversary Edition (ISBN 0451529553)
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