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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Political History of Russia and Foreign Countries

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1-4 модуль


Левин Феликс Евгеньевич

Course Syllabus


This is a general course introducing fundamental political processes in the world and in Russia from the early modern time to 1991. The course will outline historical contexts of such issues as formation of modern state and governmental practices; emergence of nation-states; main political ideologies and political parties; social and political revolutions; mass politics and new forms of political movements. The course is aimed at developing comparative thinking and deepening the understanding of any political phenomenon in its historical dimension.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To familiarize students with main events and phenomena of political history of Russian and foreign countries in the 16-20th centuries
  • To familiarize students with main concepts of political history
  • To develop students' comparative thinking
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The student can communicate information and ideas in a style that is completely appropriate to discussions of scholarly literature
  • The student can comprehend primary sources
  • The student can comprehend primary sources effectively
  • The student can discuss scholarly issues in groups and present the results of these discussions; can solve scholarly issue in collaboration with groupmates.
  • The student can identify main thesis and issues raised in scholarly literature
  • The student consistently uses terminology of political history
  • The student consistently uses terminology of political history, knows main facts of political history of Russia and foreign countries (16th-20th centuries
  • The student consistently uses terminology of political history, knows main facts of political history of Russia and foreign countries (16th-20th centuries)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: What is political history?
  • Approaching early modern Europe: main historical landmarks
  • Early Modern European state building
  • The Russian Empire in the making, XVI–XVII centuries
  • European politics in the XVIII century: Ancien regime and Enlightenment absolutisms
  • American War of Independence and the French Revolution
  • European wars and revolutions in XIX century
  • Age of nationalism: the issue of the emergence of the nation states
  • The politics of the early modern colonial empires
  • European Imperialism and colonial rule in the XIX century
  • Industrial revolution in Europe
  • The Russian Empire in the XIX century: power and reforms
  • Civil War in the USA and Reconstruction
  • Modernization of East Asia in the nineteenth century
  • The making of modern political ideologies: Liberalism and Conservatism
  • The making of modern political ideologies: Socialism and Anarchism
  • Politics in the First World War
  • The Russian Empire in the revolutions, 1905–1921
  • The Soviet political system
  • Restructuring the world order after the First World War
  • Interregnum: Liberal democracies in crisis
  • Stalinism: totalitarian regime in the USSR
  • Totalitarian regimes in Italy and Germany
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • World politics in the Second World War
  • The Cold War, 1946–1961
  • The Cold War, 1962–1991
  • Communist polities in global history
  • Democracy and the post-WW2 political regimes in the West
  • Political development of China in the XX century
  • Decolonization in Asia. Resistance, revolutions, wars.
  • The “Global Sixties”: new political movements across the world
  • The making of neoliberal state.
  • The anti-communist revolutions of 1989–1991
  • The political crisis and the dissolution of the USSR
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar discussion
  • non-blocking Group presentation
    Each group has to consider liberation of serfs; zemstvo reform (including counter-reform); court reform (including counter-reform); military reform (including counter-reform) and nationalities policy during the reign of Alexander II and Alexander III from the perspective of homogenization and differentiation. You have to think how each reform or political measure, on the other hand, turned diverse population of the Russian Empire into citizens and how, on the other hand, it still contributed to their differentiation. Your presentation has to provide arguments in favour of both homogenization and differentiation which must be based on solid evidence — derived from scholarly literature and primary sources. At the end of the presentation each group has to come up with a conclusion whether the examined reform/political measure contributed to democratization of the landscape of the Russian Empire. The presentation has to include authentic photographs/paintings which emerged during the second half of the 19th century. The presentation has to include bibliography. The presentation should last 7-8 minutes. Each group has to participate in the final discussion.
  • non-blocking Preliminary assessment
    Preliminary assessment consists of a written assignment which includes 2 questions based on the issues discussed during the seminars and lectures
  • non-blocking Debates
    Each subgroup has to prove a particular viewpoint concerning the development of PRC in the 20th century. Be careful each subgroup has to provide only argument for a particular viewpoint, not against it. Viewpoint 1 Chinese regime represented socialism with Chinese characteristics in maoist and postmaoist periods. Viewpoint 2 Chinese regime was more to do with nationalism than with socialism during maoist and postmaoist periods. Viewpoint 3 Chinese regime turned into a form of capitalist regime in postmaoist period and it had such tendencies even in maoist period. The presentation should last 10-12 minutes. Each group can use additional material while finding arguments for a particular viewpoint. Each group has to prepare a list of questions for other groups and to participate in the discussion actively.
  • non-blocking Exam test
    The exam will be held in the written format. The final exam is a test in LMS (lms.hse.ru) covering the topics and questions discussed in seminars and lectures. Students have to log in to their personal LMS accounts 5 minutes prior to the exam, and open the page of the discipline “Political history of Russia and Foreign countries”. Students’ computers should meet the following requirements: stable access to Internet, Google Chrome, Opera or Safari, access to LMS. In order to take the exam, students need login and password to their personal LMS account. They have to log in according to the schedule of the exam. During the exam it is forbidden to plagiarize, (copy material, communicate with the groupmates, etc.) and to open any new tabs other than LMS test. The student can be offline only for a minute. If the student is offline for more than a minute, he/she will not be able to continue the exam. Students who fail the exam will have to retake it in the same format. If student’s cumulative grade for seminar discussions, group presentation, debates and preliminary assessment is higher, or equal to 8, she/he is exempt from the final exam, and her/his resulted grade is considered the final one.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.3 * Seminar discussion + 0.3 * Exam test + 0.1 * Group presentation + 0.1 * Debates + 0.2 * Preliminary assessment


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Banner, J. M. (2012). Being a Historian : An Introduction to the Professional World of History. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=438567
  • Berger, S. (2006). A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Europe, 1789 - 1914. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=147363
  • Brown, A. (2007). Seven Years That Changed the World : Perestroika in Perspective. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1761087
  • Burnett Bolloten. (2015). The Spanish Civil War : Revolution and Counterrevolution. The University of North Carolina Press.
  • Bushkovitch, P. (2012). A Concise History of Russia. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=432731
  • Cameron, E. (1999). Early Modern Europe : An Oxford History. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=364431
  • Cotterell, A. (2014). A History of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International [Asia] Pte Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=846075
  • Elliott, J. H. (2006). Empires of the Atlantic World : Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=188044
  • Euan Cameron. (1999). Early Modern Europe : An Oxford History. OUP Oxford.
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  • Hobsbawm, E. J. (2012). Nations and Nationalism Since 1780 : Programme, Myth, Reality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=909520
  • Hoffmann, D. L. (2003). Stalinism : The Essential Readings. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=231468
  • Howard, M. (2007). The First World War: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=192138
  • James M. McPherson. (2015). The War That Forged a Nation : Why the Civil War Still Matters. Oxford University Press.
  • James, H. (2014). Europe Reborn : A History, 1914-2000. Hoboken: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=812600
  • Klimke, M., Pekelder, J., & Scharloth, J. (2011). Between Prague Spring and French May : Opposition and Revolt in Europe, 1960-1980. New York: Berghahn Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=416085
  • Mill, J. S. (2009). Considerations on Representative Government. [S.l.]: The Floating Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=313937
  • More, C. (2000). Understanding the Industrial Revolution. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=63920
  • Morgan, P. (2003). Fascism in Europe, 1919-1945. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=94858
  • Pons, S. (2014). The Global Revolution : A History of International Communism 1917-1991 (Vol. First edition). Oxford [England]: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=830618
  • Rakove, J. N., & United States. (2009). The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=327588
  • Rossabi, M. (2014). A History of China. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=618852
  • Shields Kollmann, N. (2017). The Russian Empire 1450-1801. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1450736
  • Skinner, Q. (2004). Visions of Politics: Volume 2, Renaissance Virtues. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=112400
  • Smith, S. A. (2002). The Russian Revolution : A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=100322
  • Spohr, K., & Reynolds, D. (2016). Transcending the Cold War : Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970–1990. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1339515
  • The Communist Manifesto / Marx, K — New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. — 229 с. — ISBN 9780300123012. — URL: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3420865&query=Marx%2C+Karl (дата обращения: 30.08.2019). — Текст : электронный.
  • V. I. Lenin, & Todd Chretien. (2015). State and Revolution. [N.p.]: Haymarket Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=982978
  • Warring, A., Wieviorka, O., & Gildea, R. (2006). Surviving Hitler and Mussolini : Daily Life in Occupied Europe (Vol. English ed). Oxford: Berg Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=204130

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Allen, R. C. (2009). The Industrial Revolution in Miniature: The Spinning Jenny in Britain, France, and India. The Journal of Economic History, (04), 901. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.jechis.v69y2009i04p901.927.00
  • Beckett, I. F. W. (2012). The Making of the First World War. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=497687
  • Berger, M. T. (2004). The Battle for Asia : From Decolonization to Globalization. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=105903
  • Besier, G., & Stokłosa, K. (2013). European Dictatorships : A Comparative History of the Twentieth Century. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=685806
  • Brown, T. S. (2013). West Germany and the Global Sixties : The Anti-Authoritarian Revolt, 1962–1978. Cambridge, [England]: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=638091
  • Eric Foner. (1995). Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men : The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War. Oxford University Press.
  • Mann, M. (2013). The Sources of Social Power: Volume 4, Globalizations, 1945–2011. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=527893
  • McLaughlin, P. (2002). Mikhail Bakunin : The Philosophical Basis of His Theory of Anarchism. New York: Algora Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=66825
  • Meyer, M. W. (2009). Japan : A Concise History (Vol. 4th ed). Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=274508
  • Morrow, J. (2013). The Great War : An Imperial History. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1361538
  • Müller, J.-W. (2011). Contesting Democracy. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=457463
  • Nelson, W. M., Hunt, L., & Desan, S. (2013). The French Revolution in Global Perspective. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=671401
  • Remnev, A. V., Von Hagen, M., & Burbank, J. (2007). Russian Empire : Space, People, Power, 1700-1930. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=225219
  • Stueck, W. W. (1995). The Korean War : An International History. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=75031
  • Wilson, P. H. (2000). Absolutism in Central Europe. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=79626