Russia: Using the Past to Understand the Present

Coordinator

Name Email Phone
Bruce Fischer fischer12@charter.net 608-838-6116

This course will help participants to better understand what is happening in Russia and the role Russia sees for herself in the world. The course will begin by looking at what is currently happening in Russia under Vladimir Putin, and the events that led to his rise to power soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will next look at the physical geography of the region and identify the continuing problems and/or characteristics that have been present throughout Russia’s long history. These continuing problems and/or characteristics will be stressed and reexamined throughout the course. Then -- like a Russian Matryoshka Doll -- we will delve back into Russia’s earliest history and then chronologically study her rich and fascinating history. The course will conclude by coming full circle as we look at the events that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of Vladimir Putin.

Location

 Monona Library

Meeting Day

 Monday & Wednesday (Note two days)

Meeting Time

 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Start Date

 Sept 24, 2018

End Date

 Nov 14, 2018

Participation

 Regular participation and discussion

Class Size

Limited to 20
Class Notes

This class meets twice weekly (Monday & Wednesday) for eight weeks.

Course Syllabus (PDF)

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