395/Hist. 332/Pol. Sci. 395/Slavic 395/Soc. 392. Survey of Russia: the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States. (4). (SS).

REES 395 is an inter-disciplinary survey of the states and societies of the region of the former Soviet Union. The course explores the history of this area the formation and development of the Russian Empire before 1917, the Russian Revolution, the construction of the Soviet Union and its institutions, and the crisis of the Soviet system in addition to analyzing the dramatic political and social transformations after 1991. Emphasis is placed on the multi-national and multi-cultural character of the states formed in this region. The lectures, given by specialists in political science, history, sociology, literature, film, music, economics, and anthropology, introduce students to different approaches to studying the area and its societies. Readings include recent scholarship, documents, and literature; three films produced in the region will be shown. In addition to the lectures, students participate in sections twice a week. Students write midterm and final examinations (both take-home) and a book review. This course provides an excellent introduction for students considering a career in the new and old countries of the region; for concentrators and potential concentrators in history, political science, Slavic, economics, anthropology, sociology, and Russian and East European Studies; and for all who want a multi-faceted view of this fascinating area of the world.

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