History of Russian-U.S. Relations

hist102-iconThe course will be of interest to historians, foreign affairs students and all those interested in the history of international relations. The instructor’s approach to the history of relations between Russia and the United States is founded on a socio-cultural analysis of ways in which the image of “the Other” has been constructed in different historical periods and the accumulation of mutual characteristics influenced the evolution of relations between the two countries.

Course themes:
1. The country of “noble savages” and “immortal Washington” meets “enlightened monarchy”: first impressions of each other.
2. Convergence of “the hotbed of industry” and the guarantor of the Vienna system: the relationship in the 1830-50s .
3. Slavery and serfdom, Mexico and the Ottoman Empire, the Indians and the Circassians: a common agenda in the mid-19th century.
4. Post-reformist national identity crisis and the beginning of alienation in the last decades of the 19th century.
5. United States and the Russian Revolution.
6. The non-recognition and mutual borrowing: the Soviet-American relations in the years of 1920-30s.
7. From a military alliance to the Cold War: from the construction of the “ally” image to the “enemy” image.
8. Russian-U.S. relations after the Cold War: a new identity crisis and its impact on the mutual characteristics.

Instructor: Ivan Kurilla Course dates: 1 February – 29 March 2014
Syllabus Course details Cost: $200 ($100 for students)