The practice and technology of war is a profound force of history, while literature in the Russian context has long been concerned with social and political questions. The two courses in this FIG, one a lecture course and the other a lecture-discussion course, offer disciplinary introductions to literature and history and ask basic questions about social, political, and technological change. They converge in an exploration of Napoleon's invasion of Russia and its profound effects in both Russia and the rest of the world. Students in this FIG usually participate in several activities, such as a trip to Special Collections to view first-hand war diaries, letters and other wartime primary documents, meeting for lunch at the Glenwood restaurant, a tour of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and a trip to Saturday Market for lunch and Voodoo Doughnuts.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*
*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change
RUSS 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit
RUSS 204 Introduction to Russian Literature - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
In the nineteenth century, Russian literature emerged from obscurity to great fame and acclaim, producing some of the best and most famous writers in the history of literature: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Alexander Pushkin. Russian society was changing fast and was caught up in issues that became great philosophical questions, many of which still resonate today: How should one live an ethical and meaningful life? If you plan to do great things with your ill-gotten gains, can you commit a crime? Is marriage worthwhile or is it just an institution that oppresses women? Is war ever justified?
HIST 241 War and the Modern World II - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
This course is a survey of military history that focuses on the period since 1945. It begins with the Chinese Revolution and the various "aftermath" conflicts of World War II. It continues with the wars of decolonization, the civil conflicts of the last few decades, and concludes with an examination of recent trends in the nature and conduct of war. An emphasis is placed on "non-conventional" or "low-intensity" warfare. This course centers on the social and political contexts of specific wars.