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Regular version of the site

190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel

Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Nordic Experiences in Pan-nationalisms: A Reappraisal and Comparison, 1840–1940

Björk-Winberg M., Bohlin A., Egorov E. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Economic history of early modern Russia (Introduction)

Dadykina M., Kraikovski A., Lajus J.

Cahiers du Monde Russe. 2023. Vol. 64. No. 2. P. 297-316.

Book chapter
Social Control in the Workplace: Labour Discipline and Workers’ Rights under Stalin

Starun M.

In bk.: Social control under Stalin. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2023. Ch. 3. P. 77-105.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Historiography of Russian Empire and Soviet society

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
1 year, 3, 4 module


Course Syllabus


What are main approaches in history and anthropology of the Russia Empire and Soviet society? What are this field’s classic debates and new issues? How do they differ thematically and methodologically? This course offers a historiographic introduction to this field of study. The course focuses of key case studies that has defined Russian/Soviet studies as well as on its emerging research agenda.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To know the main approaches in history and anthropology of the Russia Empire and Soviet society
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • knowledge of how to analyze key features of text and narrative as historical sources, including the issues surrounding texts’ authorship and edition, and its status as original or copy.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Late Russian Empire to Early Soviet Project
  • Soviet national policy in interwar period
  • Soviet gender order
  • Ideology of Space/Scape of Ideology
  • Materiality
  • Cold War Soviet
  • Socialist globalization
  • Nature in the Russian Empire/Soviet Union
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final essay
  • non-blocking Attendance and participation
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.3 * Attendance and participation + 0.7 * Final essay


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • The structure of Soviet history : essays and documents, , 2003

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • The Cambridge history of Russia. Vol.3: The twentieth century, , 2006
  • The Soviet experiment : Russia, the USSR, and the successor states, Suny, R. G., 1998