Prerequisite: Open to freshmen with permission of the instructor. (First semester/3 credits)
History of Russia and the Soviet Union in modern times—from 1855 to the present—from Alexander II and the Era of Great Reforms to current Russian government and society. Fall of the Romanovs, the Bolshevik coup, Lenin, Stalin and their successors. Historical, political, economic and intellectual developments under Communism and after.