Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics, 1700-1917

A serene-looking, grey-haired woman, adorned in a colorful, low-bodiced robe, sits on a throne, with a scepter in her hand.

A portrait of Catherine the Great, Russia’s longest-ruling female leader, 1762–1796. (Portrait by Aleksey Antropov. Source: The Tver Regional Picture Gallery. This image is in the public domain.)


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21H.244J / 21G.085J

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Fall 2019



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This course analyzes Russia's social, cultural, and political heritage in the 18th and 19th centuries, up to and including the Russian Revolution of 1917. It compares reforming and revolutionary impulses in the context of serfdom, the rise of the intelligentsia, and debates over capitalism, while focusing on historical and literary texts, especially the intersections between the two.

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Elizabeth Wood. 21H.244J Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics, 1700-1917. Fall 2019. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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