Fall Term 1994
Alexey Miller
Department of History

Course Description

The aim of the course is to provide the students with an overview of political social and cultural modernization in the East-European periphery front the beginning of the 18th century up to the WW II. Thus the course covers the history of Russian and Ottoman Empires and the successor states. The material is presented with the accent on comparative approach what means that the task of the course is to show the specific as well as common features of modernization of Eastern Europe in comparison with Western and Central parts of the continent. Thus the course contributes to the main task of the program - teaching history of Central Europe.

The course consists of 2 parts - the "Russian" (made by A.Miller) and the "Balkan" (made by S.Fisher-Gelati and D Mishkova)

I. Russian part.
Part 1.

1. Peter the Great and his legacy. Changing cultural pattern. Emancipation of self. Theatricality of Russian public in life.

2. The role of the State in economic and social modernization in the 18th and 19th centuries.

3. Rural life in Russia. Peasant community. Lord and peasant. Patriarchality. Emancipation of serves.

4. Russian town. Rights of town communities. Social Status of town dwellers. Enterpreneurship.

5. Russian nobility and the State.

6. Russia as an Empire. Religion, ideology. Role of the Tsar. Administration. From empire of tsars to Russian empire. Nationalism. Situation of Non-Russians.

7. Russian policy in Europe. Partitions of Poland. 1848. Pan-slavism.

8. Russia and Europe in Russian political thought. Europe in the eyes of Russian visitors.

9. The image of Russia in Western and Central Europe. Russia as Central European constitutive other.

Part 2.

1. The origins of Russian political radicalism. State and civil society.

2. Acceleration of economic development at the end of the 19th century. Witte and Stolypin. Transformation of social structure. Costs and tensions.

3. The collapse of the Old Regime. Civil war. Retraditionalisation of society.

4. The Bolshevik' modernizing project. Long Revolution NEP. Big Leap. New social structure. Modernization of personality. Political culture.

5. The USSR as a new form of political organization of the imperial space. System of power. Nationalism.

6 The Image of Soviet Russia in Central Europe in the interwar period.

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Modified: June, 1996


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