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Brock University History 2P98 – Winter 2010 MODERN RUSSIA David Schimmelpenninck Office: GL 233 Tel: 688-5550, ext. 3507 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Monday 14:30-16:00, or by appointment Lectures are on Monday 17:00-18:50 in TH 244 Seminar 1 meets on Thursday 14:00-14:50 in MC D403 Seminar 3 meets on Friday 1300-1400 in PL 311 Seminar 4 meets on Friday 1200-1300 in TH 133 Films will be screened on Wednesday, Jan. 27, Mar 10 & Mar 31 at 19:00 in TH 244. Course Overview This course surveys the history of Russia from 1801 to the present. It covers the late Imperial era (from the accession of Tsar Alexander I in 1801 to the reign of Nicholas II), the Revolution of 1917, the Soviet era, and the transition to post-Communism. Hist 2P98 – Modern Russia 2 Requirements & Grading • Prospectus – 5% of grade A 1-page statement of intent for the paper to be written during the term. Must include proper bibliographical citations of at least 5 sources you plan to use. Due at the start of lecture on Monday, February 8. • Paper – 25% of grade A 10-page paper on a topic relevant to the course. Due at the start of lecture on Monday, March 29. • Seminar Preparation – 20% of grade Prepare and lead 1 seminar during the semester. This includes studying the assigned text or film a week in advance and leading the discussion. • Seminar Participation – 20% of grade Attendance at seminars is mandatory. You are also expected to do the readings before all seminar meetings and to participate in the discussions. • Final Exam – 30% of grade A 3-hour exam, which will be based on the lectures, the texts and the films. Housekeeping • I will consider extensions for medical or personal emergencies, but will grant them entirely at my own discretion. In the case of the former, they must be substantiated by a doctor’s note, according to Brock’s policy. Emergencies do not include ill- tempered computers, nor the exigencies of other courses, jobs, or your love life. • Work handed in late without my permission will be penalised by 20% of that assignment’s grade for every 24 hours after it is due. • Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in severe penalties. Papers will be screened by plagiarism-detection software. Please be prepared to submit an electronic version of your paper to Turnitin.com, in addition to the printed original. • To pass the course you must get a passing average grade AND complete all assigned work, including the final exam. • Two or more unexcused absences from seminars will jeopardise your grade. • You are required to read all assigned texts and to see all films. • The authority for style in History Department papers is Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing History. • Students will maintain proper decorum during lectures and seminars. This means refraining from conversations, texting, or any other behaviour that may distract others. • As in all classes at Brock, cellphones must always be turned off. Hist 2P98 – Modern Russia 3 Readings (For a detailed list of required readings please see page 5 of the syllabus) Jan 11 - 1. Alexander I - 2. 1812 No Seminar Read Evtuhov Chapter 16 Jan 18 - 3. Town & Country - 4. Nicholas I Seminar - Introduction Read Evtuhov Chapters 17-19 Jan 25 - 5. The Intelligentsia - 6. The Great Reforms Seminar - The Superfluous Man Read Evtuhov 21; see Oblomov on Wednesday, January 27 at 19:00 in TH 244 Feb 1 - 7 & 8. Revolutionary Terrorism Seminar - The Intelligentsia Read Evtuhov 20, “Intelligentsia Seminar Packet” Feb 8 - 9. The Last Reform - 10. Counter-Reform Seminar - Emancipation Read Evtuhov 22-23, “Emancipation Seminar Packet” ☞ Paper prospectus due at start of lecture on Monday, February 8. Feb 15 - Family Day – no classes Mar 1 - 11. The Constitutional Autocracy - 12. The Radical Opposition Seminar - Daily Life in Imperial Russia Read Evtuhov 24-28, Troyat, Daily Life in Russia under the Last Tsar (selections). Mar 8 - 13. The End of the Dynasty - 14. Lenin Seminar - Decadence Read Evtuhov 29-30; see Agony on Wednesday, March 10 at 19:00 in TH 244 Hist 2P98 – Modern Russia 4 Lectures, Readings and Films, cont’d Mar 15 - 15. Bolshevik Consolidation - 16. Early Challenges Seminar - Leninism Read Evtuhov 31-32, “Leninism Seminar Packet” Mar 22 - 17. Stalin’s Rise - 18. Planning Utopia Seminar - Leninism Read Evtuhov, 33-34, “Stalinism Seminar Packet” Mar 29 - 19. Father and Teacher - 20. The Big Chill Seminar - The GULAG Read Evtuhov 35-37, Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich ☞ Paper due at start of lecture on Monday, Mar 29 Apr 5 - 21. The Thaw - 22. Stagnation Seminar - Daily Life in Soviet Russia Read Evtuhov 38-40 See Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears on Wednesday, March 31 at 19:00 in TH 244 Apr 12 - 23. Perestroika & Rebirth - 24. Review Read Evtuhov 41-43 Hist 2P98 – Modern Russia 5 Required Texts and Films 1. Books to buy at Brock University Bookstore Catherine Evtuhov, et al, A History of Russia (Boston, 2004) Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (New York, 1990) Recommended: Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing History (Boston, 2001) 2. Texts on reserve at Gibson Library Henri Troyat, Daily Life in Russia under the Last Tsar (Stanford, 1961). “Intelligentsia Seminar Packet” • Martin Malia, “What Is the Intelligentsia?” Daedalus 89 (1960), 441-458. • Vissarion Belinskii, “Letter to Gogol.” • Alexander Herzen, “The Russian People and Socialism.” “Emancipation Seminar Packet” • “Golden Charter” from Kharkov Province. • Gregory Freeze (ed.), From Supplication to Revolution (Oxford, 1988), 170-179. • Terence Emmons, “The Peasant and the Emancipation,” Wayne S. Vucinich (ed.), The Peasant in Nineteenth-Century Russia (Stanford, 1968), 41-71. “Leninism Seminar Packet” • Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto • Robert C. Tucker (ed.), The Lenin Anthology (New York, 1975), 23-31, 76-79, 148- 152, 640-644. • Rosa Luxemburg, “Leninism or Marxism?” “Collectivisation Seminar Packet” • Joseph Stalin, “Concerning Questions of Agrarian Policy in the U.S.S.R.” http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/stalin/works/1929/12/27.htm • James C. Scott, Seeing Like a State (New Haven, 1998), 193-222. • Fedor Belov, The History of a Soviet Collective Farm (New York, 1955), 1-26. 3. Films Oblomov (Nikita Mikhailkov, 1979). Agony (Elem Klimov, 1977). Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov, 1981).