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HIST 223 History of Russia & Eastern Europe 1533 to Pres • 5 Cr.


Surveys the social, political, and economic history of Russia and Eastern Europe from the 16th century to the present. Students gain understanding of the peoples and countries of Eastern Europe, with special emphasis upon Russia from the early-modern to the modern period. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an overall knowledge of Russian geography, climate, and economic activity.
  • Comprehend the formation of Russ, Kiev, and the origins of Muscovy after the domination of the Mongols
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Orthodoxy in Russian life
  • Analyze early-modern Muscovite Russia and the creation of a proto-state under Ivan the Terrible, the formation of the Streltsy, and the oprichnina.
  • Analyze the political organization of early-modern Russia, and the ascendancy of the Romanovs
  • Compare and contrast the fortunes of the Habsburg Empire with Russia from the 16th to the early 20th century.
  • Analyze the rivalries between Islam, Orthodoxy, and roman Catholicism in eastern Europe
  • Analyze beginnings of western influences through times quizzes and discussions in the reign of Fedor and Peter the Great
  • Analyze the extent of the influence of the enlightenment upon Russian and Habsburg history
  • Evaluate the importance of pivotal figures in Russian history, such as Peter the Great, Elizabeth Petrovna, Catherine the Great, Nicholas II, Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin
  • Identify major cultural figures, such as Leo Tolstoy, Pushkin, Ivan Turgenef, Mikhail Lermontov, Boris Pasternak
  • Explain the effects of Russian expansion both in terms of European rivalries and its impact upon the Pacific rim
  • Identify revolutionary oppositions, such as the Decembrists, the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks
  • Accurately provide a narrative (timeline) for Russian and Eastern European history form the 16th century through the 20th century
  • Analyze the impact of the 1917 Revolution, the transformation of Russia into a communist state, and its ambitions to become a major industrial power
  • Understand Soviet foreign policy, and the nature of political power in soviet society
  • Comprehend post – 1918 changes in the polity of Eastern Europe and the fall of the soviet Empire
  • Demonstrate through written work and class discussion the current situation of Russia

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