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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV1005 Russian History and Society 1

10 creditsClass Size: 45

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2006/07

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Important: places on this course are limited, and will be granted on a first- come, first-serve basis, but only after Russian students have been registered for it. For this reason, students wishing to take this module as an elective will need to come to the Electives Fair in September for enrolment. This module will take you through the political, economic and social history of the Russian Empire from the reign of Peter the Great to the February Revolution of 1917. We will encounter the key themes of reform, reaction and revolution. Topics to be studied include the impact of Peter's reforms, the reasons behind the emancipation of the Russian serfs in 1861, Russia at war, and the growth of intellectual and popular opposition to the autocratic regime. You will be given a selection of important primary sources and be shown video clips from a variety of historical Russian films and relevant documentaries. We will discuss a number of important debates on history, concluding with a look at the principal interpretations of the February Revolution. Russian History and Society 1 is a level 1 module. There are no preconditions for taking it (for instance, you do not need to know any Russian or to have studied history at school). Teaching is by a mixture of weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars and includes a workshop about historical sources. Assessment is by two essays of approximately 1,500 words, each of which will count for 50% of your total mark.For more information, please contact the Departmental Secretary Mrs A. Guliyeva (


To provide an introduction to Russian history and culture from Peter the Great to Gorbachev (continued in Russian History and Society 2).


The themes are: geography, history from Muscovite times to Brezhnev, Russia and Europe, social classes under Tsars and communists, and the role of the military in Russian and Soviet history.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Methods of assessment

Two assessed essays of approximately 1,500 words each.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/03/2007


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