RSb013 History of Russia

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Tue 14:00–15:40 A31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The subject introduces the course of Russian history focused on acquiring the knowledge about the Russian past necessary for further study of Russian culture and literature. The lectures have such form that students can acquire clearer understanding about Russian historical development, about singular historical periods of Russian state and the political system changes and about the Russian and the European (world) history connections. In lectures the emphasis is put on the key events and figures of the Russian history from oldest times up to now. The exam requires managing with great deal of factual information and necessity of regular compulsory reading.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course, the student will be able:
- to determine and to characterize the key periods of Russian historical development;
- to put the Russian history into broader context of the European and the world history;
- to identify the main events of the Russian history and to interpret it in chronological sequence;
- to determine the significance of these events for the further historical development of Russia.
  • 1) The oldest history of Russia (Kiev, Novgorod, Vladimir)
  • 2) Rus’ under the dominance of Golden Horde
  • 3) Moscovy Rus in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • 4) Russia in the 18th century
  • 5) Russia in the 19th century
  • 6) Russia under the reign of Nicolas II (on the way to revolution)
  • 7) Revolutions, formation of the USSR
  • 8) The World War II, Soviet Union in poststalin epoch
  • 9) Contemporary Russia
    required literature
  • VYDRA, Zbyněk, Michal ŘOUTIL, Jitka KOMENDOVÁ, Kateřina HLOUŠKOVÁ and Michal TÉRA. Dějiny Ruska. Vydání první. Praha: NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2017, 499 stran. ISBN 9788074223242. info
  • PEČENKA, Marek and Bohuslav LITERA. Dějiny Ruska v datech. 1. vyd. Praha: Dokořán, 2011, 446 s. ISBN 9788086569147. info
    recommended literature
  • The Cambridge History of Russia (3 vols.), Cambridge 2006.
    not specified
  • Geoffrey Hosking, Russland. Nation und Imperium. 1552-1917. Berlin 2003
  • Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, A History of Russia. New York Oxford 2000
  • VLČEK, Radomír. Kapitoly z ruských dějin 18. století. Geneze a vývoj ruského impéria. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014, 211 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-6930-5. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • HOSKING, Geoffrey A. Russian history : a very short introduction. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, xvi, 154. ISBN 9780199580989. info
  • FIGES, Orlando. Natašin tanec : kulturní dějiny Ruska. Translated by Daria Dvořáková. Vyd. 1. Praha: BETA-Dobrovský & Ševčík, 2004, 571 s. ISBN 8073061627. info
  • PIPES, Richard and Stanislav PAVLÍČEK. Rusko za starého režimu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2004, 404 s. ISBN 8072035592. info
  • MALIA, Martin E. Sovětská tragédie : dějiny socialismu v Rusku v letech 1917-1991. Translated by Pavel Vereš. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2004, 566 s. ISBN 8072035665. info
  • FIGES, Orlando. Lidská tragédie : ruská revoluce, 1891-1924 : A people's tragedy (Orig.). Vyd. 1. Praha: BETA, 2000, 837 s., [6. ISBN 80-86278-74-3-. info
  • VEBER, Václav. Mikuláš II. a jeho svět : (Rusko 1894-1917). Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2000, 505 s. ISBN 8071847933. info
  • ŠVANKMAJER, Milan. Petr I. :zrození impéria. Praha: Lidové noviny, 1999, 322 s. ISBN 80-7106-301-0. info
  • SOLŽENICYN, Aleksandr Isajevič. Rusko v troskách. Translated by Milan Dvořák. Vyd. 1. Praha: Práh, 1999, 206 s. ISBN 8072520202. info
  • VLČEK, Radomír. Ruský panslavismus - realita a fikce. 1999, 285 s. info
  • PIPES, Richard. Dějiny ruské revoluce. Translated by Hana Gopaulová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 1998, 396 s. ISBN 8072030817. info
  • ŠVANKMAJER, Milan. Dějiny Ruska. 3. dopl. a přeprac. vyd. Praha: Lidové noviny, 1995, 558 s. ISBN 80-7106-183-2. info
  • ŠVANKMAJER, Milan. Kateřina II. Praha: Svoboda, 1970. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, independent reading following lectures.
Assessment methods
written exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024.
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