The Russian revolution was one of the critical events of twentieth century history. It raises many questions to which there are no simple answers and which have divided and continue to divide historians. We shall consider rival interpretations of the revolution and explore a range of questions, including: Why did the Romanov dynasty collapse in 1917? How did it come to be replaced by a group of extremist intellectuals committed to a radical experiment in social engineering? What did the revolution mean to the soldiers and workers who helped to make it, as opposed to the radical intellectuals who led it? What was its appeal and did the changes it effected match the hopes of its supporters? What was its impact on the lives of those who experienced it and the political culture that emerged from it?
Lectures: Thursdays, 13:00 - 14:00
Tutorials to be selected.
If you are taking this module for credit, please take note of the dates below:
Term dates for revision: Saturday, 2 December - Sunday, 10 December
Term dates for exams: Monday, 11 December - Friday, 22 December
Open Learning Fee (audit only) €350 per module
Open Learning Fee (with assessment) €500 per 5 credit module
Upgrading from audit to credit: You may upgrade from being an audit student to a credit student up to three weeks into term. Please note, however, that you can't change back to being an audit student - if you decide not to complete the assignments and/or sit the exams, this will appear on your academic record.
There are no concessions available for Open Learning modules.
Refunds may in some instances be available for extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness, within two weeks of the start of the module. Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing, with supporting documents where appropriate.
Assoc. Prof Judith Devlin