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Reading Russia’s Past

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Course Title: Reading Russia’s Past


This class is full and we will only be accepting registration for a future class.  If you are interested please complete a registration form and send it to us without the fee.

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30,  2018

Time: 9:30-12:00 Noon

Location: Mercer Public Library, 2648W Margaret St.

Fee: $35 with $5 discount if registration is received by Dec. 26th.

Through an examination of select historical moments, this course will identify and assess some of the main themes of Russia’s history.  These themes will include: the impact of geography; the diversity of population; an authoritarian political tradition; an hierarchical social order; challenges to economic development; and a long-established cultural tradition that centers on tension between Russia and western Europe.  Along the way we will encounter such figures as Vladimir the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas II, Lenin, Stalin, and Vladimir Putin; and we will look at such watershed events as the Christianization of the country, expansion to the Pacific Ocean, the emancipation of the serfs, and the revolutions of the 20th century, and Russia in World War II.

Objectives:  This course will provide students with a broad framework for understanding Russia’s historical development and will introduce them to some major—and often conflicting—interpretations of significant events and trends. Students will also have some practice interpreting primary documents.

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