Tutor: David Moon
Module type: Special Subject
Module code: HIS00067H
The last decades of Imperial Russia, between periods of reform in the 1860s-70s and revolution in 1917, have been interpreted by historians as either the prelude to the revolution or a society that was evolving and changing, but not necessarily collapsing. In this latter view, it came to grief due to the stresses and strains of military defeat in the First World War. In this special subject, however, we will seek to read the history of Imperial Russia forward from the ‘Great Reforms’ of Alexander II in the 1860s and 1870s, rather than backwards, with the benefit of hindsight, from the revolution of 1917. Over the year, on the basis of a wide body of secondary literature and primary sources in translation, we will analyse the ‘problems and prospects’ of Russia between reform and revolution.
The provisional outline of titles for the seminars is as follows:
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