HIST-38500 Russia: Ancient Times to the Present

This course traces Russia’s long and turbulent history, from the origins of the Kievan Rus in the 9th century to the post-Soviet era of today. This course also covers the centuries of Mongol rule, the rise of Muscovy, the glory and demise of the Russian Empire, the chaos of the Russian Revolution, and the reign of communism in the Soviet Union. This course also examines the Russian people and their various cultural achievements in literature, music, art, architecture, and technology, in search of an understanding of the “Russian soul.”