Michael Romanov was elected Tsar of All Russias in 1613, creating a dynasty that was to last just over three hundred years. 2013 will mark the Romanovs’ 400-year anniversary. Are you prepared?
In surveying this broad period, we will consider the age-old question of Russia’s position vis-à-vis western Europe. How unique was the trajectory of its development into a modern European state? We will debate the extent to which Russian autocracy differed from absolutism in the west; the relationship between church and state; and the question, whether Russia had a civil society. Recent scholarship has emphasized Russia’s status as a multi-ethnic empire, and we will consider whether its role in Central Asia was comparable to the British in India. Finally, we will visit social and economic problems: the differences between serfdom and slavery, as well as the nature of Russian industrialization. Most of the questions we will address have been posed before; we will simply revisit them in light of some new publications and a fresh look at older works.
|Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony by Wortman, Richard||Princeton. ISBN: 978-0691123745||Required|
|Making of Russian Absolutism by Dukes, Paul||Longman's. ISBN: 978-0582003248||Required|
|Liberals under Autocracy by Fedyashin, Anton||Wisconsin. ISBN: 978-0299284343||Required|
|Elusive Empire by Romaniello, Matthew P.||Wisconsin. ISBN: 978-0299285142||Required|