Outlines of Russian History A

Centre for Russian and East European Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 15750

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

The first semester deals with a brief general introduction to pre-Muscovite Russia - the founding and structure of Kievan Rus' and the nature and impact of the 'Mongol yoke'. It then proceeds chronologically through the major periods of Russian history, including Ivan IV and the consolidation of the Muscovite State, The Time of Troubles, Developments in Russian Orthodoxy, the reforms of Peter and Catherine the Great, the great peasant rebellions, The Napoleonic Wars and finally the Decembrists Revolt of 1825.
The second semester initially offers a chronological outline of major developments in nineteenth century Russia up until the Emancipation of the Serfs in 1861, but also covers topics thematically, including the development of nationalism, the growth of an urban society, the social structure of Russia in this period - the peasantry, the intelligentsia and the gentry and the nobility. It concludes with an assessment of the crucial relationship between government and society at this time.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 2,000 summative essays (25% each), plus 3 hour examination (50%).