CALENDAR OF ASSIGNMENTS


Assignments must be completed before the beginning of class on the indicated dates.

AUG
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Introduction

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Read:  "Poor Liza" by Karamzin.
Writing Assignment:  Write a paper of up to 600 words; this should be a creative, imaginative essay. Retell the story from some other person's perspective. The original story comes from the perspective of an unidentified, but apparently distant, observer.  You will retell the story in the voice of some other person you imagine yourself to be:  say, a priest, Liza's mother, a policeman, Liza herself, Liza's admirer who wants her for himself, a newspaper reporter, a foreign tourist, a woman's rights advocate. Your paper should go beyond a simple objective description of events. It should show how you (as your assumed character) feel about what you describe.

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Read "From St. Petersburg to Moscow," Russian Life, May/June 2010, pp. 24-26.  (follow link)
Writing Assignment:  Write 2 to 3 paragraphs summarizing what you learned about Russian society from this article.

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Read: "A Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow" by Alexander Radishchev
Writing Assignment:  Write an analytical paper of about 600 words based on this source, summarizing what this document shows about one of the following categories of people in Russia in the 18th century:  women, men, nobles, peasants, soldiers.  This is not a creative paper; you must not treat the source or your essay as an exercise of imagination. Talk about facts, about things as they really were.
SEP
1
Images of Russia

6
Labor Day holiday

8
Honor System Council presentation

13
Read:  "Empress Elizabeth," Russian Life, November/December 2009, pp. 54-59  (follow link) in-class essay

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Writing Assignment: Write an analytical paper of about 600 words based on the excerpts from the Memoirs of Catherine the Great, accessible at this link, that discusses the relationship between Catherine and the Empress Elizabeth.

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Read:   Catherine I; Peter II; Anna Ivanovna; Ivan VI  (alternative HTML file)  in-class essay

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Academic Resources Center workshop.  

27
Wellness workshop.  

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Read:  Catherine II     (alternative HTML file)   in-class essay
OCT
4
Writing Assignment:  Write an analytical paper of about 600 words based on the excerpts from the Nakaz or Instruction of Catherine the Great, accessible at this link. Your paper should explain and evaluate Catherine's views on the peasants and serfs of Russia.  (alternative HTML file)

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Submit: Research Paper Step 1:  Write one paragraph describing the general topic you will deal with in your research paper. Be as specific as you can be at this point.

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Submit:  Research Paper Step 2

13
Russian Studies lecture; 12:00, in Private Dining Room of Carlton Union Building; cultural credit

18
Read:  "Favourites, Favouritism, and Female Rule in Russia, 1725-1796," by J.T. Alexander. Fill out the analysis sheet available at this link.

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Writing Assignment:  Write an analytical paper of about 600 words based on the excerpts from the Nakaz or Instruction of Catherine the Great, accessible at this link. Your paper should explain and evaluate Catherine's views on government, in general, and on the government of Russia, in particular.

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Submit: Research Paper Step 3: analysis of scholarly article

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Town Hall:  no class
NOV
1
Writing Assignment: Write an essay describing and evaluating one event of the Town Hall

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Research Paper Step 4: list of sources;  Research Paper Step 5:  Writing Assignment for step 5:  choose one of your primary sources and write an analysis of the source (what does the source show about the 18th century? How does the source contribute to an understanding of your topic?)

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Read a play written by Catherine II:  "The Siberian Shaman"  In-class essay  Click here for a summary of the story.

10
Read: "The Monarch and the Mystic," by Lurana D. O'Malley.  Click here for details about this assignment.

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Read:  "Catherine the Great," by Isabel de Madiriaga and "Catherine II. The Republican Empress," by David M. Griffiths

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Research Paper Step 6:  Early draft of paper. Submit as much of the text of your paper as you have written.  It should reveal at least the following information:  (1) your initial thesis statement (what the paper proves) and (2) three or four principal points to be developed in the argument of your paper.

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DEBATE:  Was Catherine II an Enlightened Absolutist?

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Thanksgiving break

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Research Paper Step 7:  presentations ;  all students must submit a hard copy of their papers at the beginning of class on this date.
DEC
1
Research Paper Step 7:  presentations