Course Description


This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to Russian history from the reign of Tsar Peter I (1689-1725) to the collapse of the Romanov dynasty in 1917. Through the extensive use of original documents, literary works, and artistic productions including music and painting, we investigate the major cultural, intellectual, and political events of the Imperial era. The following general themes will frame the course: Russia’s relationship to the nations of Western Europe; economic backwardness and the process of modernization; state authority and the role of the individual in Russian society; and ethnicity and nationalism in the Empire’s borderlands among other subjects.

About this Web Site: Imperial Russia, 1689-1917 is part of the network of sites comprising Scott Palmer’s On-line Knowledge Emporium™ (SPOKE™). It is the central hub and on-line repository for browsing materials, media resources, instructional policies, the class blog, and other virtual information specifically related to the meat-world course of the same name. If you are among the lucky masses currently enrolled in my class this site contains all of the course-related information you will require during the semester. Please be sure to check-in regularly during the semester as the contents of this site will be updated on a frequent basis.