HISTORY 361: RUSSIA TO 1900
Office: RH 404
Hours: Tu & Th 3:30-5:00
I. READINGS: The books used in this course are listed below. They are available on reserve at the college library and on sale at the bookstore.
- Wren and Stults, The Course of Russian History (text)
- Paul Avrich, Russian Rebels, 1600-1800
- Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
- John Langdon, Handbook for Historians
II. COURSE OUTLINE AND CLASS SCHEDULE
A. F0UNDATI0NS 0F RUSSIAN HIST0RY: THE LAND & THE PEOPLE (Jan 20)
- Readings: text, pp. 1-12
B. KIEVAN RUS: THE FIRST RUSSIAN STATE (Jan 25-27)
- Readings: text, pp. 13-33, 36-46
C. RUSSIA UNDER THE MONGOLS (Feb 1-3)
- Readings: text, pp. 33-35, 50-59, 65-67
D. THE RISE OF MOSCOW (Feb 8-10)
- Readings: text pp. 59-65, 67-88
E. IVAN THE TERRIBLE AND HIS IMPACT (Feb 15-17)
- Readings: text, pp. 88-106
F. THE TIME OF TROUBLES (Feb 22)
- Readings: text, pp. 106-116; Avrich, I
G. THE EARLY ROMANOVS (Feb 24-Mar 1)
- Readings: text, pp. 120-136; Avrich, II
H. SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN MUSCOVITE RUSSIA (Mar 3-8)
- Readings: text, pp. 46-49, 116-120
MID-TERM EXAM (MAR 10)
I. WESTERNIZATI0N & EXPANSI0N: PETER THE GREAT & HIS HEIRS (Mar 15-17)
- Readings: text, pp. 136-177; Avrich, III
J. ENLIGHTENED DESPOTISM & EXPANSION: CATHERINE II (Apr 5-7)
- Readings: text, pp. 177-201; Avrich, IV
K. REF0RM, INVASI0N, REACTI0N & REV0LT: PAUL & ALEXANDER I (Apr 12-14)
- Readings: text, pp. 201-234
L. THE GENDARME OF EUROPE: NICHOLAS I (Apr 19-21) Course Projects due Apr 21
- Readings: text, pp. 232-246, 250-259
M. DILEMMAS OF PROGRESS: ALEXANDER II & III (Apr 26-28)
- Readings: text, pp. 247-249, 260-276, 284-311
N. THE GOLDEN AGE OF RUSSIAN CULTURE (May 3-5)
- Readings: text, pp. 249-250, 276-284; Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
FINAL EXAMINATION (TUESDAY, MAY 10, 9:00-11:30)
III. COURSE PROJECT: Each student is required to submit a course project. This will normally consist of a 1500-2000 word (7-10 page) RESEARCH PAPER or REVIEW ESSAY. Projects are due on Thursday, April 21. They must be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and normal-size letter-quality print. Students must submit 2 copies, one of which will be returned and one kept by the professor. Late projects will be discounted 5% for each class day they are late.
Students who do the RESEARCH PAPER may select any topic on Russia before 1900 that fits their interests, as long as they clear it with the professor. Papers must include title page, thesis statement, outline, text, footnotes or endnotes (not parenthetical notes), and a bibliography of at least 7 sources. Internet sources may be used, as long as they are primary source documents or scholarly articles that provide the author's name and documentation. (Textbooks and encyclopedia articles may be consulted, but they do not count toward the 7 sources). Grading will be based on research, organization, argumentation, documentation, grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, and style. In preparing their papers, students should consult the Handbook for Historians, by Professor John Langdon, which is available in the college bookstore. Style and format must be consistent with the guidelines set forth in the Handbook and exemplified in the sample paper at the end.
Students who do the REVIEW ESSAY must select and read TWO BOOKS on Russia before 1900 (see book lists at end of chapters in the text), then prepare an essay which must include:
- a title page giving the review essay's title, the author, title, place of publication, publisher, date & number of pages of each book, and the student's name.
- a discussion of the authors: who they were, what they did, and what qualified them (or why they were not qualified) to write these books.
- a concise summary/abstract of the content of each book, including the main issues and events discussed and the main themes and arguments put forth.
- an analysis of each book, including a discussion of its thesis and how well it is argued, an assessment of the author's perspective and viewpoint, and an evaluation of its organization, style, research, documentation, and overall value. Is it well-organized and easy to follow? Does it read smoothly and hold the reader's interest? Does it use primary as well as secondary sources? Are citations properly documented? Are claims and conclusions backed up with solid evidence and logic? What is its historical, literary and educational value? To whom would you recommend it? Why?
- a critical comparison of the two books, including their content, approach, perspective, organization and style. In what ways are the books similar, and how do they differ? How do you account for the differences? How have other reviewers evaluated these books? Do you agree or disagree? Which book do you prefer, and why? To locate reviews, students may consult Book Review Digest or Book Review Index (especially issues published within 2 years after the book's publication) or on-line search engines like ProQuest. However, students must use the full reviews (not just the excerpts given in Book Review Digest or amazon.com) as published in the original journal or website, and must give a full citation of each review using footnotes or endnotes.
Students need not necessarily deal with each of these points in the order they are listed here, but they must cover all of the points in their review essay. To facilitate comparison, students should choose books on the same general subject, or books which have a similar approach, theme or time frame. Students must not choose two books written by the same author. To prevent duplication, students must inform the instructor of their choices before beginning work.
IV. WEB PAGE & E-MAIL: Copies of the course syllabus, daily class outlines, and exam study questions will be available online on the course web page: web.lemoyne.edu/~judge You are welcome and encouraged to contact me via e-mail (email@example.com), to ask questions or submit a topic, thesis or book for approval. As a general rule, however, I do not reply to student messages left on on my VoiceMail. If you carry a cell phone, please make sure it is turned off during class.
IV. ATTENDANCE AND GRADES: Students are expected to attend all classes. There are no "excused" absences; a student who misses class, whatever the reason, must make up the material covered. Attendance at exams is mandatory; make-up exams will be given in extreme cases, but they will typically be scheduled at 7:00 AM and will provide fewer choices than the regular exam. Final grades will be computed as follows:
Mid-term exam 1/3
Course project 1/3
Final exam 1/3
93-99 = A 83-86 = B 73-76 = C
90-92 = A- 80-82 = B- 70-72 = C-
87-89 = B+ 77-79 = C+ 60-69 = D
If your average is on the margin between two grades, attendance and participation will determine which grade you receive.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please contact the Academic Support Center (1st floor, library) for appropriate documentation, then let me know so I can make the necessary arrangements.