Imperial Russia (Revision 2)
History 327: Imperial Russia is a three-credit senior-level course that surveys the history of the Russian region from its earliest beginnings to the second phase of the Russian Revolution, often called the October Revolution. The geographical region covered comprises the former USSR, i.e., modern Ukraine, the Baltic republics and the Central Asian republics, as well as the Russian Federation.
The course begins with a brief summary of the geographic and climatic imperatives of the entire region. The remaining units examine Russian history, commencing with Kievan Rus. Other topics covered in the first half of the course include the era of Mongol suzerainty, the growth of Muscovy and the emergence of Greater Russia, the “Time of Troubles,” and the “Window to the West” during the reigns of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. The second half of the course focuses on the turbulent century before the Revolutions of 1917, dealing with the crisis of Tsarism in the early 19th century, the conflict between Westernizers and Slavophiles, the “Great Reform” of Alexander II, the return to authoritarian conservatism and nationalism under Alexander III and Nicholas II, and the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917.
Research and writing is an important component of the course. Students are assessed by means of three written assignments and a final examination.
History 327: Imperial Russia is divided into thirteen units:
- Introduction: Climate, Geography, and Peoples
- Kievan Russia
- The Mongol Invasion and its Aftermath
- The Unification of Great Russia
- The Time of Troubles: Foundations for a Nation
- Peter the Great: Window to the West
- The Age of Empresses
- Paul I and Alexander I: Tsarism in Crisis
- Nicholas I: Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationalism
- Alexander II: Political and Social Reform
- Alexander II and Alexander III: Diplomacy, Empire, and Radicalism
- Nicholas II: War, Revolution, and Reform
- World War I and the Revolutions of 1917
To receive credit for HIST 327, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
MacKenzie, David, and Michael Curran. A History of Russia, the Soviet Union, and Beyond. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, 2002.
Stone, Norman and Obolensky, Dimitri (eds.). The Russian Chronicles. A Thousand Years That Changed the World: From the Beginnings of the Land of Rus to the New Revolution of Glasnost Today. Godalming, UK: Quadrillion Publishers, 1998. (e-text)
The course materials include course information, study guide, and a DRR.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
- Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Policy
- Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Procedures
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Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, July 13, 2016.
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Updated July 14 2016 by Student & Academic Services