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. (Bartlett)
405. Topics in Russian and East European Studies. (1-4). (Excl).
Section 001 – Private Life in Russia From Medieval Times to the Present. (1 credit). October 9-November 5. Private Life in Russia will explore historical and social issues, theories, and methodologies related to the study of private life in the Russian context. The course will focus on the intersection of private life with political and economic phenomena at select historical points in Russian history and utilize a wide range of source materials including selections from novels, memoirs, the media, and medieval texts. The mini-course is designed to take advantage of a conference, Private Life in Russia from Medieval Times to the Present, that will be held in Ann Arbor in Fall 1996. In addition to participating in class, students will be required to attend four hours of the conference, and write a short research paper (7-10 pages). Visiting lecturers will enliven the course, and students will have the chance to meet and ask questions of major scholars in the field at the conference. The class will be held from October 9 to November 5 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4:30. No knowledge of Russian is required. (Kennedy)
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