Indiana University has a long tradition as a center for the study of Russian history, broadly defined. History department faculty include Ben Eklof, a specialist of modern Russia, whose particular interests include peasantry and education; Hiroaki Kuromiya, who studies modern Russian and Ukrainian history, particularly the Stalin period; Edward Lazzerini, whose interests include the Turkic peoples of Central Eurasia and the relations between Russia and the Orient; David Ransel, a specialist of modern Russia whose fields cover political, social and oral history, and gender; Toivo Raun, a specialist in Estonia and more broadly, the Baltic and Scandinavian states, with a focus on nationalism; and Jeffrey Veidlinger, who is a specialist of Jewish history, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia.
The Russian history field benefits from Indiana’s exceptional interdisciplinary resources. The Slavic Department teaches Russian, Czech, Polish, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Bosnia/Croatian/Serbian. SWEESL, the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages, offers intensive summer courses in Russian, Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Yiddish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian, in addition to the languages of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Generous graduate funding is usually available for SWEESL summer courses.
As a Title VI center, the Russian and East European Institute includes a rich, interdisciplinary group of more than sixty scholars who work in the languages of this area in fields throughout the humanities, social sciences, as well as professional disciplines such as law and public administration. The Department of Central Eurasian Studies covers many areas closely associated with Russia (central Asia, Finland, Estonia, Hungary, among others) The Polish Studies Center, established at Indiana in 1977, hosts annually an array of workshops, conferences and other events related to Polish history and culture.
Reading lists are available at http://www.indiana.edu/~reeiweb/graduate/readinglist.shtml.
CoursesD101 Icons and Axe
D200 Russian History through Films
D302 The Gorbachev Revolution, The Collapse of the Soviet Empire, and Beyond
D303 Heroes and Villains in Russian History
D308 Empire of the Tsars
D310 Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Regime
D320/R500 Modern Ukraine: From Cossacks to Independence
H640 Graduate Colloquim (Imperial Russian History, Russian Historiography, Soviet History, Nationalities in Imperial Russia, Peasant Russia, Stalinism)
H640/U518 Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History
U544 The Baltic States Since 1918
U533 Finland in the 20th Century
U543 Estonian Culture and Civilization
U520 Uralic Peoples and Cultures
U520 Ethnic Relations in the Post-Soviet West
J624 Russian and East European Media Systems
Please see links for individual classes on: