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HIST 229: Imperial Russia

Term: Fall

Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F3

Major Requirement: History of Europe
How and why did Russia become the center of the world’s largest land empire only to collapse so suddenly in 1917? Beginning with the
emergence of Rus and the development of the early Muscovite state, this course delves into the Russian Imperial period, examining the
growth of the Russian Empire and highlighting certain topics, including the quest for modernization; the relationship between Russia and
the rest of the world (both East and West); the beliefs, traditions, religion, and way of life of the Russian people; the rise of radical
movements; and the revolution that brought down the Romanov dynasty. We will focus especially on aspects of Russian culture:
literature, painting, and music. (Course offered in alternate years.)

Prerequisites: none.