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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Political History of Foreign Countries

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


This is a general course introducing fundamental political processes in the world 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; 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 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 comprehend primary sources effectively
  • The student consistently uses terminology of political history and knows main facts of political history of Russia and foreign countries (16th-20th centuries).
  • The student can solve scholarly issue in collaboration with groupmates.
  • The student can identify main thesis and issues raised in scholarly literature.
  • The student can comprehend primary sources effectively.
  • The student can participate in the debates on the issues under consideration.
  • The student can communicate information and ideas in a style that is completely appropriate to discussions of scholarly literature.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: What is political history?
  • The politics of early modern colonial empires
  • European politics in the XVIII century: Ancien regime and Enlightenment absolutisms
  • American War of Independence and the French Revolution
  • Age of nationalism: the issue of the emergence of the nation states
  • European Imperialism and colonial rule in the 19th century
  • Modernization of East Asia in the 19th century
  • Politics in the First World War
  • Restructuring the world order after the First World War
  • Liberal democracies in crisis and totalitarian regimes in Italy and Germany
  • World politics in the Second World War
  • The Cold War, 1946–1991
  • Decolonization in Asia and Africa. Resistance, revolutions, wars and global international organizations
  • Communist policies in global history and the “Global Sixties”: new political movements across the world
  • The anti-communist revolutions of 1989–1991 The political crisis and the dissolution of the USSR and Yugoslavia
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Exam Written assignment
    A written assignment which includes 2 questions based on the issues discussed during the seminars and lectures: 1) an open question; 2) a task which requires you to find evidence for the statement, or for and against the statement.
  • non-blocking Debates
  • non-blocking Seminar activity
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.25 * Debates + 0.35 * Exam Written assignment + 0.4 * Seminar activity


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jan C. Jansen, & Jürgen Osterhammel. (2017). Decolonization : A Short History. Princeton University Press.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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
  • Burbank, J. (DE-588)141712732, (DE-576)164382186. (2010). Empires in world history : power and the politics of difference / Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper. Princeton, NJ [u.a.]: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.321297032
  • Gordon, A. (2003). A Modern History of Japan : From Tokugawa Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=120926
  • Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau. (2004). From Slave Trade to Empire : European Colonisation of Black Africa 1780s-1880s. Routledge.
  • Zubok, V. M. (2007). A Failed Empire : The Soviet Union in the Cold War From Stalin to Gorbachev. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=301081