This course for graduate students examines the relationship between Russia (late Muscovite and imperial) and the Turkic peoples inhabiting the northern littoral of the Black Sea, the Caucasus and Transcaucasus, the Volga-Ural region, as well as nomadic and sedentary Central and Inner Asia. Russian expansion and its goals, Russian literary and scientific efforts to situate the “oriental” Other within the evolving Empire, the complexities of imperial management (juridical, economic, and political), and the competing attractions to indigenous populations of resistance and accommodation, will be some of the major themes pursued. Requirements include:
* A broad selection of readings (primary sources, short literary pieces, and analytical essays) that will be available through OnCourse, and the following anthology:
* Collective preparation—according to professional standards—of an edition of imperial documents that the instructor will provide;
* Individual semester projects of 12-15 pages on some theme drawn from a traveler’s journal, a surveyor’s report, the portfolio of a sketch-artist or painter, or some other product of an eyewitness to an “oriental” region and its Turkic-Islamic inhabitants within the period surveyed. The instructor will make available a bibliography of possible sources.