Prerequisite: HIST 263 or permission of the instructor. (First semester/4 credits)
History of Russia and the Soviet Union in the modern era (1855 to the present) from Alexander II and the Era of Great Reforms to the current Russian government and society. Topics include the fall of the Romanovs, the Bolshevik coup, Lenin, Stalin and their successors. The course will examine political, economic, intellectual and cultural developments under Communism and afterwards.