The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 (MLR3027)

15 credits

For almost a century before the revolutions of 1917, a succession of radical movements sought to overthrow Tsarism and remake Russia in their own image. In this module you will explore the history of Russia’s revolutionary tradition through a variety of sources (contemporary novels, memoirs, revolutionary letters and journalism) and from different disciplinary perspectives. Why did young Russians join revolutionary organisations and (in some cases) commit acts of violence? How did they understand Russia’s past and imagine its future? And to what extent did ‘Underground Russia’ help shape the later Soviet state?

No knowledge of Russian is required: all sources are in English.