Russia: Empire and Identity (MLR1023)

15 credits

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russia was confronted with the question of its national identity. This module considers key aspects of Russia’s development from its origins to the nineteenth century, introducing you to ways of understanding Russia’s unique identity. In exploring some of the models of self and other which have been used to define Russian identity, you will discover why empire has played such a dominant role in Russia’s understanding of itself as a nation.

You do not need to have any knowledge of the Russian language to complete the module successfully; all materials are in English.