Russian Intellectual History

History 172

Fall 2015
Day & Time: 
MWF 11-12P

This course introduces students to Russian intellectual history from the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, covering aspects of political, social, and religious thought. We will observe Russian thinkers elaborate conceptions of Russian national identity in a multi-ethnic empire. We will also study Russian social thought, including debates on human nature, populism, the "women question," the nature of progress, and the rise of anarchism and Marxism. Finally, we will study debates on religion: the pertinence of Orthodox Christian faith in social and political thought, including early twentieth century religious rebuttals to Marxism. Attendance and participation are mandatory (10% of the total grade). Students will submit two papers: the first worth 15% and the second worth 30% of the overall grade. They will further take a midterm (20%) and a final (25%)

Course Books

Hero of our Time by Lermontov, Mikhail Hesperus. ISBN: 9781843911067 Required
Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky, Fyodor Knopf Doubleday. ISBN: 9780679734529 Required
A History of Russian Thought by Andrzej Walicki Oxford. ISBN: 978-0804711326 Required