HISTORY 481 - Topics in European History
Section: 101 Russia at War
Term: SP 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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2010 marks the centennial of the death of Russian writer and philosopher Lev Tolstoy; a man whose legacy has been shaped by his writings on war. This course will explore how Russians have experienced war over the past hundred years. It will illuminate the subjective experiences of soldiers and civilians and the objective realities of wartime, a central theme of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Beginning with Tolstoy’s musings on war, the course will explore Russia’s failures (and overlooked victories) in the First World War, the brutal victory of the Second World War, and end with a study of the late Soviet defeat in Afghanistan and the post-Soviet military incursions against break away republics and regions, including Chechnya and Georgia. We will compare how the state mobilized (or failed to mobilize) its population to support war efforts and how the wars played out in the trenches and on the homefront. Bringing together memoirs, film, and literature, this interdisciplinary course will explore how Russians understood war and how wartime shaped their identities and worldview.

HISTORY 481 - Topics in European History
Schedule Listing
101 (SEM)
MWF 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Meets with REES 405
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ISBN: 0385720408
Ali and Nino, Author: Kurban Said ; translated by Jenia Graman., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 2000
ISBN: 0307275337
A writer at war : a Soviet journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945, Author: Vasily Grossman ; edited and translated by Antony Beevor & Luba Vinogradova., Publisher: Vintage books 1st Vintag 2007
ISBN: 1846590329
Jamilia, Author: Chingiz A?tmatov., Publisher: Telegram 2007
ISBN: 0226674339
A small corner of hell : dispatches from Chechnya, Author: Anna Politkovskaya ; translated by Alexander Burry and Tatiana Tulchinsky ; with an introduction by Georgi Derluguian., Publisher: University of Chicago Press Pbk. ed. 2007
ISBN: 080213775X
The hidden war : a Russian journalist's account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan, Author: Artyom Borovik., Publisher: Grove Press 1st Grove 1990
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