This course provides an overview and introduction to the history of empires, nations, and states in the Eurasian plain, from the origins of Rus' over a thousand years ago to the present day, as well as the various ethnic, national, and religious groups of the region.
For almost fifty years, the world was largely defined by the Cold War's ideological and geographic terms. To the surprise of almost all observers, it ended without widespread destruction or loss of life. This course explores the end of the Cold War chronologically and thematically. The course begins by examining efforts at detente in the 1970s and ends with the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the reunification of Germany, and the breakup of the Soviet Union. The assigned readings and class discussion helps students assess the causes and effects of the end of the Cold War as understood by participants at the time and current observers such as political scientists and historians. For example, students study the power of personality, examining the roles of United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Students also examine key developments such as ongoing arms control negotiations and the rise of the Polish trade union movement. In addition, during the semester students evaluate how culture, the economy, politics, human rights activism, Western ideas, and nationalism each contributed to the end of the Cold War. The objectives of this course are to promote critical, analytical thinking about Cold War history and to encourage students to think in an international context to develop their own interpretation of the evolution and significance of the end of the Cold War. In addition, the assignments are structured to strengthen students' oral and written communication skills, including those of persuasion, argumentation, and presentation. Meets with SISU-330 001.
This course explores the liberal and communist revolutions in the Russian Empire during the period 1900-1930s. Readings include interpretations of the revolutions from different political perspectives and historical approaches. Meets with HIST-645 001.
Russia's contemporary political culture and its historical, economic, geographic, and social roots. Usually offered every fall. May be taken A-F only.
Beginning in the late 1980s, much of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union undertook a fundamental transition from centrally planned to market-based economies, together with a series of dramatic political changes. This course examines the very different paths that transition took across countries, the determinants of success or failure of the transition process, and the implications for countries currently engaged in their own reform process, such as China, Myanmar, and Cuba.
Instruction and review of Russian for graduate students completing degree programs at American University. The course permits graduate students to reinforce their language skills in order to conduct research in their areas of concentration, and to prepare for the university's tool of research examination. Students enroll as auditors and receive no academic credit. This course cannot be used as a substitute for completion of the tool of research exam. May be taken audit only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Continuation of RUSS-144. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: RUSS-144 or equivalent.
Continuation of RUSS-244. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: RUSS-244 or equivalent. Note: students may not receive credit for both RUSS-245 and RUSS-247.
Continuation of RUSS-342. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: RUSS-342 or equivalent. Note: students may not receive credit for both RUSS-343 and RUSS-345.
May be repeated for credit. Development of business translation skills and an understanding of the socio-economic and political aspects of the business world. Study of language, terminology, syntactic constructions and related cross-cultural issues. Translation from Russian to English. Emphasis on translation methods, techniques and problems. Course covers areas such as finance, marketing, banking, taxation, trade and agriculture. Meets with RUSS-643. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: RUSS-343 or permission of instructor.
This course examines the history and mythology of St. Petersburg through literary works in which the city, its rulers and inhabitants play the central role. Readings span the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries including classics by Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoevsky, poetry and prose of the Silver Age by Belyi and Mandelshtam, and contemporary works starting with Katerli.