Master Class in Historiography: The Russian Revolution as History

Course Description: 


Themes: Russian and Western historiography on the Russian Revolution, current Russian approaches to the centenary of the Revolution, and broader intellectual issues of historian’s craft, including questions of objectivity, periodization and “what if?” approaches.

Learning Outcomes: 

Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick's intensive historiography Master Class "The Russian Revolution as History" is going to equip the students with a thorough knowledge of the different dominant narratives of the Russian Revolution. Such knowledge is particularly important for students of history now when the centennary of 1917 renders the Revolution and the history of the Soviet period an intensely debated topic within and beyond academia. The course is structured around five key questions pertaining to the historiography of the Revolution: the problem of how to mark the centennary; the periodozation of the Revolution and its implications for interpretation; the major debates on the Revolution in Western and Soviet history writing; the question of inevitability with regards to the turning points of the revolutionary course; and finally the potential future of writing about the Russian Revolution. Works of scholars from very different schools of history writing will be critically discussed in the framework of the course which helps students to practice their critical thinking and reading skills on a hot topic."


Participants who register for the course must participate in all sessions, including the public lecture on 17 May and write a 1000 word report (one paragraph for each session) to fulfill the requirements of the course