MO3302 Imperial Russia, 1815-1917
   
Lecturer Dr Frances Nethercott
   
Credits 30
   
Availability Semester 1, 2018-19
   
Class Hour view timetable
   
Description The decline of Imperial Russia is traced from the defeat of Napoleon, through periods of reaction and reform, the development of opposition movements from the Decembrists to the Bolsheviks, to the collapse of Tsarism in February 1917. In addition to the study of underlying political, economic and social factors, intellectual and ideological developments are analysed. Aspects of foreign policy are also considered.
   
Basic Reading D Saunders, Russia in the Age of Reaction and Reform, 1801-1881 (1992)
H Rogger, Russia in the Age of Modernisation and Revolution: 1881-1917 (1983)
R Pipes, The Russian Revolution, 1899-1919 (1990)
   

Course Structure

  1. Introduction
  2. Russian Society and Outlook in the Early Nineteenth Century
  3. The Government of Nicholas I
  4. The Reforms of Alexander II
  5. "Going to the People"
  6. The Development of Russian Marxism
  7. The 1905 Revolution
  8. Semi-constitutional Russia, 1905-1914
  9. Russia in the First World War
  10. The Revolution of February 1917 and After
  11. Overview
   
Assessment 60% examination - 3-hour paper
40% coursework - 2 essays (or one essay and one seminar paper) and a third mark for oral participation
   

Learning Outcomes

  • Consideration of background to a period of revolutionary change
  • Experience in subjecting historical evidence to robust critical scrutiny 
  • Ability to exploit communications and information technology
  
   
Restrictions None
   
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