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Early Imperial Russia

by La Trobe University

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Course Description

In this subject, students examine the emergence, consolidation and development of Russian state and society in a hitherto 'wild' region in eastern Europe. The formative phase in the political, social and intellectual history of the Tsardom of Muscovy is traced. The focus is on the interplay of strange dichotomies like those between autocracy and oligarchy, patriarchy and communalism, xenophobia and Westernism, in shaping Russian state, society and culture in the turbulent era of Ivan the Terrible.

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Really Great!

Adrian Jones offers an accessible and thought provoking insight into a subject that can be tedious. His charm and comprehensive knowledge of the subject are delightful. I am an avid listener to history podcasts and this course has made my Top 10. I highly recommend!

Awesome course!!

As a frequent subscriber to iTunes U courses this one ranks in my top 3 along with John Merriman's Yale lectures. For those looking to understand the modern Russian mindset, this is where it all began. As an added bonus, Dr. Jones' Aussie expressions and colorful language keeps it fun and entertaining.

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