Brief description of the course
In the seven lectures the teacher gives a broad overview of particular periods in Russian history using a wide range of written and audiovisual sources. The seminars are meant to focus, with the help of scholarly texts, on certain developments that have shaped the course of Russian history in general and Russian-Baltic entanglements in particular. Thus, the course focuses on the ancient world of Kievan Rus, its Hanseatic dimension, the rise of Moscow, the years of Ivan IV and the Livonian wars, the process of „Europeanization“ under Peter I, the story of the Petersburg Empire and the Baltic provinces, the Russian revolution (also in Estonia and Latvia), Stalinism, “Mature Socialism” (also in the Baltic SSRs), the years of Perestroika and the road to Putinism in the 1990s.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is able to discuss the major sources, processes and persons that shaped Russian history;
- manages to distinguish facts from myths, especially concerning the Soviet past;
- has an understanding of the relationship between the state and the non-Russian peoples of the various forms of empire;
- is able to formulate her/his views concerning Russian history orally and in written form.