Imperial Russia: Peter the Great

History 171B

Fall 2005
Instructor: 
Frede
Location: 
130 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12
CCN: 
3943
Units: 
Units

In 1721 Peter the Great chose the title of Emperor for himself, and declared that Russia would be an Empire. The empire lasted until the revolutions of 1917, but was never entirely stable. The Romanovs believed that autocracy was the key to good governance. Yet, the reigns of almost all the Romanov Emperors were marked by coups d'etat, peasant rebellions, and, later, assassination attempts. Russia's expanding boundaries and growing population made it even more difficult to rule. This course will focus heavily on political history and political thought. Given the many factors that were tearing Peter's Empire apart, it will ask, what held it together for so many years?

Students will submit two papers as well as taking a midterm and a final.

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