History 337B: History of Russia since 1865
T. Weeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SIU, Spring 2002
Class meets Faner 1224, Tth 9:35 - 10:50 a.m.
Texts: J. N. Westwood. Endurance and Endeavour. Russian History, 1812-1992.
Olga Semyonova Tian-Shanskaia. Village Life in Late Tsarist Russia.
M. Bulgakov. Heart of a Dog.
R. Kapuciski. Imperium.
Week One (January 15, 17) Readings: Westwood, Chapters 1 & 2 (review).
Thurs: Unreformed Russia: The Empire before 1855
Week Two (January 22, 24) Readings: Westwood, Chapters 3 & 4.
Tues: Why the Great Reforms: Russia at a Turning Point in history
Thurs: The Great Reforms
Week Three (Jan 29, 31) Readings: Westwood, Chapters 5 & 6.
Tues: Russia as Empire: The Problem of Nationality
Thurs: The "post-1866 reaction" and Revolutionaries
Week Four (Feb 5, 7) Readings: Village Life.
Tues: Alexander III and Reaction
Thurs: Nicholas II ("the last"), life/reign to 1905. Discussion of Village Life.
Week Five (Feb 12, 14) Readings: Westwood, Chapters 7 & 8.
Tues: The Revolution of 1905-1907
Thurs: 1907-1914: Nationalism, Reform, Reaction Paper # 1 Due
Week Six (February 19, 21) Readings: Westwood, Chapters 9 & 10.
Tues: The Great War and Russia
Thurs: Revolutions of 1917
Week Seven (Feb 26, 28) Readings: Westwood, Chapters 11 & 12.
Tues: War Communism and Civil War
Thurs: NEP: Politics, Economics, Culture
Week Eight (March 5, 7) No new Readings.
Thurs: The USSR and Nationalities: Forging the Union
March 11-15 : Spring Break - Enjoy it!
Week Nine (March 19, 21) Readings: Heart of a Dog, Westwood, Chapter 13.
Tues: Discussion: NEP through Bulgakov's Eyes.
Thurs: Collectivization and the First 5-Year-Plan
Week Ten (March 26, 28) No new readings.
Tues: The Great Purges
Thurs: Building Socialism in the 1930s
Week Eleven (April 2, 4) Readings:Kapuciski, "Pisk, '39", Westwood, Chapter 14.
Tues: 1941-1945: The Great Fatherland War
Thurs: Postwar Stalinism
Week Twelve (April 9, 11) Readings: Imperium, pp. 19-79, Westwood, Chapters 15 & 16.
Tues: After Stalin: Party Politics and the "Thaw"
Thurs: Khrushchev - the Man and his reforms
Week Thirteen (April 16, 18) Readings: Imperium, pp. 83-end; Westwood, Chapter 17.
Tues: Khrushchev's Failure, Brezhnev's "Success"
Thurs: Discussion of Imperium. Paper # 2 Due
Week Fourteen (April 23, 25) Readings: Westwood, Chapters 18 & 19.
Tues: Gorbachev and the End of the USSR
Thurs: Discussion: Where did Gorby go wrong?
Week Fifteen (April 30, May 2) No new readings.
Tues: Yeltsin and post-1992 Transformations
Thurs: The Future of Russia - ?
Final Exam: (In Faner 1224) Wednesday, 8 May, 3:10 - 5:10 pm.
Grading: Two Short Papers 30%
Midterm 20% Final 25%
Attendance and Participation 25%
Please note that attendance is required. Missing more than six lectures may lead to a lowering of your final grade. If you have special problems or circumstances to explain, please see me.
Office: Faner Hall 3270, telephone 453-7874.
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