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From Peter to Putin: The Evolution of the Kremlin and Russia's Place in the World from Empire to the 21st Century

The rising tensions between the United States and Russia in the 21st century came as a surprise to many people old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as younger Americans with no memory of the Cold War. This course will focus on some of the most important and influential leaders in Russian history by analyzing how the modern Russian state developed through the centuries, what these leaders thought Russia’s place in the world should be, how Russian art and literature reflected the pride and sentiments of these leaders, and what lessons from the past can be applied to gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of Russia and its leadership today. The leaders to be analyzed and discussed are Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Vladimir Putin.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the major themes, events, and leaders in modern Russian history
  • A greater understanding of contemporary Russian leadership and politics in historical context

Ideal for

  • Anyone with an interest in 20th-century, Cold War, Russian, or political history
  • Those seeking to deepen their knowledge of the roots of contemporary political tensions
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