"A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." This is how Sir Winston Churchill once characterized Russia. This course is designed to offer students a better grasp of the major political, economic, cultural and intellectual developments of modern Russia. We shall cover the main periods of Russian history in the 20th century: the end of the Romanov dynasty, formation of the Soviet state by Vladimir Lenin, the totalitarian society of the Stalinist years, Brezhnev's era of detente and stagnation, Gorbachev's Perestroika, the reforms under Boris Yeltsin and the rise of Vladimir Putin. The theme of the course is the rise of Russia to world prominence in the 20th century.
There is a 20% reduced fee for students 65 years of age or older at the time of registration. You must register by phone (403-220-2952) or in person to receive this discount.