Imperial Russia: From Peter the Great to the Russian Revolution

History 171B

Fall 2014
213 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-2P

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’état, 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 the Empire apart, it will ask, what held it together for so many years?       

Course Books

Major Problems in the Histoyr of Imperial Russia by Cracraft Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 978-0669214970 Required
A History of Russia, by Riasanovsky, Nicholas V Oxford. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0195153941 Required