Spring 2016 - HIST 419W D100

Problems in Modern Russian History (4)

Russia's Transformations

Class Number: 4182

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5118, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 13, 2016
    9:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 224 or 225.



Advanced analysis of specific problems in social, intellectual, and political history of modern Russia. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 419W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Writing.


This course examines several important problems and developments in late Imperial, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Russia. We realize that Russia’s key-problem has always been her slow and often misguided modernization. Hence our main focus will be on Russia’s multifaceted transformations. The most debatable aspects of the economic, political, social, and cultural modernizations will be researched in some detail. We will give a special attention to the origins of Russia’s current problems as well as to the well-known and widely debatable modernization theory.


  • Contributions to discussions 30%
  • Book Analysis (900-1000 words) 10%
  • Two Presentations (15 min each, 10% + 10%) 20%
  • Two Exams (15% + 25%) 40%



Contemporary Russian Politics/ Archie Brown

Putin: Russia’s Choice by R. Sakwa

On Library Reserve:
Reform in Modern Russian History/ Theodore Taranovski
Practicing Stalinism by J. Arch Getty

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