State and Religion in Imperial Russia, 1700-1917

History 280B.002

Spring 2015
Section: 
002
Instructor: 
Location: 
332 GIANNINI
Day & Time: 
W 4-6P
CCN: 
39777
Units: 
4

This course will balance between two parallel tracks. 1) It is designed as an introduction to the historiography of Imperial Russia, spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth century, based on some of the most influential historical works , specifically those pertaining to the modernization of the Russian state and its incursion into the lives of Russian subjects, as well those pertaining to the diverse forms of spirituality that flourished within the Russian Empire. 2) It will investigate the relationship between the state and religion, including the manner in which the Imperial state regulated religions, its ideological connections with Russian Orthodoxy, and the real or imagined challenges leveled against it by different forms of heterodoxy and unbelief.