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HIST354 Russia: Reform to Revolution

Russia from the emancipation of the serfs in 1861 to the revolutions of 1917.

This paper examines the political events of the period - those who ruled and by what means their power was upheld and reproduced - but focuses equally on social history and the lives of workers, peasants, families, communities, ethnic groups, men and women. This dual approach leads to the consideration of the major issues arising in Russian history.

To what extent was Russian society different from that of Western Europe? Was the development of capitalism and parliamentary democracy possible in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? Why did the revolutions occur?

Paper title Russia: Reform to Revolution
Paper code HIST354
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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36 200-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik -

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer - Associate Professor Alex Trapeznik


Recommended: Waldron, Peter, The End of Imperial Russia, 1855-1917, Macmillan, London, 1997.

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

Course outline

Available on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

After completing the paper students will:

  • Understand the principal features of Russian history during this period through an examination of social classes, institutions and ideas
  • Understand why there were two revolutions in 1917 and the historical significance of the October 1917 Revolution

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
A2 Thursday 14:00-14:50 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
A3 Monday 10:00-10:50 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40