HI6014 - Revolution and the Russian Empire 1860-1924

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn about the impact of the Russian Revolution across the Russian Empire. We will examine the nineteenth century origins of revolutionary and nationalist movements, and trace their development through the 1905 revolution, the ‘Duma Period’, and the First World War. We will try to understand the impact of the war and the 1917 revolutions across the empire; in Russia’s cities, in the provinces, and in the newly independent nation states on the empire’s periphery. We will also look at the wars and civil wars that took place across Russia and the border states in the years 1918-21, and the independence or reincorporation of the breakaway republics. The revolutions of 1917 have divided historians into fiercely opposed political and ideological camps. We will look at the ways in which historians have constructed their opposing views on the subject, and the ways that established arguments have changed over the course of the twentieth century.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn by attending weekly seminars that focus on key themes and debates in the history of the Russian Revolution. Each seminar will begin with an informal introductory lecture which will outline some of the key questions and areas of scholarly debate. We will work with a range of primary materials, scrutinizing them and discussing our findings in groups. You will be expected to prepare for the weekly seminars by undertaking essential and recommended reading, and you will have responsibility within a team for reporting on specific contributions to the literature. All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLearning Portal (Blackboard) to enable participation in seminars. The group tasks and seminar discussions will enable you to build on the independent reading you have done beforehand. You will participate in formative assessment activities and receive feedback, and will be responsible for your own guided and independent learning. Summative assessment matches your learning against the learning outcomes for the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors, and programme leaders. Academic support is provided through group/individual tutorials which allow specific issues to be addressed and to promote progress in academic development. The module tutor will be accessible within publicised office hours and via email. Your peers will provide you with a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the academic literature, lectures, and resources available on the eLearning Portal. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar activities and through assessment tasks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate a detailed and in-depth understanding of the origins, course and impact of the Russian Revolution.

2. Display familiarity with major controversies and debates in the historiography of the Russian Revolution, and the ways in which these have developed during the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

3. Analyse and compare political and social developments across the Russian Empire during the years 1860-1924.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Engage effectively in debate and present complex ideas and sustained arguments, in writing, in a clear and fluent way.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate an awareness of historical and contemporary ideas and attitudes and how these shape our perceptions.

How will I be assessed?

There are two assessments for this module:
• a 3,000 word essay that will assess your knowledge of developments in revolutionary Russia, your understanding of contemporary and historiographical debates, and your ability to communicate and argue effectively.
• a 2 hour exam, comprising (1) a gobbet exercise and (2) a choice of broad comparative questions relating to the module content, will further test your knowledge of contemporary events and of historiography, and your ability to present your ideas cogently, and will also your ability to reflect comparatively on developments across the Russian Empire in 1917.

You will have the opportunity to present your work in the seminars and will receive formative feedback from your lecturer in classroom discussions, debates, and tutorial sessions. Formative assessment through your lecturer will be written and verbal, and you will also receive feedback through engagement with your peers.

Pre-requisite(s)

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Co-requisite(s)

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Module abstract

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn about the impact of the Russian Revolution across the Russian Empire. We will examine the nineteenth century origins of revolutionary and nationalist movements, and trace their development through the 1905 revolution, the ‘Duma Period’, and the First World War. We will try to understand the impact of the war and the 1917 revolutions across the empire; in Russia’s cities, in the provinces, and in the newly independent nation states on the empire’s periphery. We will also look at the wars and civil wars that took place across Russia and the border states in the years 1918-21, and the independence or reincorporation of the breakaway republics. The revolutions of 1917 have divided historians into fiercely opposed political and ideological camps. We will look at the ways in which historians have constructed their opposing views on the subject, and the ways that established arguments have changed over the course of the twentieth century.

Course info

UCAS Code T720

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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