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HISTORY 221 History of Early Russia SYLLABUS Professor: Dr. Brian J. Boeck Office: SAC 427 Office Hours: M  2 -3 p.m., other times by appointment. Office Phone: 773-325-4992  Email: bboeck@depaul.edu Course Description: This class explores the history of Russia from the early political structures of Kievan  Rus’ to the emergence of Russia as the world’s largest empire.   Topics covered will  include the East Slavs, Christianization, the Viking and Mongol impacts, the rise of  Moscow, the formation of the Russian empire and the changing political and cultural  geography of northern Eurasia over several centuries.   In addition to providing a survey  of major political, religious, and cultural developments, the course will focus on how  historians have reconstructed and imagined the history of the pre-modern era and have  projected contemporary concerns and national identities upon their visions of past.  Some of the questions we will consider are: Is Russia a European country? Were  Russians slaves of the tsar? Why was Ivan Terrible, but Peter Great?  Note:  This course carries Liberal Studies credit in the Understanding the Past Learning  Domain.  It belongs to the geographical category of Europe.   Requirements: Midterm (20%) Analytical Assignment (25 %) Exam II (20 %)  Discussion Participation (15%) Lecture Attendance (5%)  Weekly Assignments/Quizzes (15%) Analytical assignment (7+ pages, typed, double spaced, 12 point font) is due in class on  Monday, June 2.
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Required Books :   The required book is available for purchase at the DePaul Bookstore. Walter G. Moss, A History of Russia, Volume 1 : To 1917, McGraw Hill Publishing , 2001.  [The bookstore has the 2005 edition so pages indicated below are approximate] Most other assigned readings will be available in electronic form (blackboard, JSTOR).  If  you work, have limited access to the internet, or think you will need extra time to do  readings, please consult the instructor during the first 2 weeks of the class to arrange an  alternate way of getting the readings.
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