HISTORY 432 - Medieval and Early Modern Russia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Vladimir Putin is much in the news these days, often characterized as the latest in Russia’s long tradition of autocratic tsars. This is picture is not new: since medieval times, Europeans brought back tales of tyranny, exoticism, and barbarism from Russia to their homelands, but few appreciated Russia on its own terms. This course examines early Russian society and culture, while also taking seriously the ways politics have shaped understandings of Russia’s past. The course reaches from the ninth century, when written records begin, to Peter the Great at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Topics include the formation of the Russian state, the Vikings in Russia, the influence of the Orthodox Church, the invasion of the Mongol Horde, and the bloody reign of Ivan the Terrible.

Course Requirements:

1. 4 short response papers (2 pages) responding to questions from the readings.
2. Informal in-class presentations
3. Midterm: take-home exam
4. 7-10 page paper on a primary source
5. Attendance and active participation at all lectures and discussions.

HISTORY 432 - Medieval and Early Modern Russia
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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