The WEA runs Spring and Autumn term adult education courses in the Village Hall
The Maplesteads' WEA Spring 2018 course starts on the 22nd January 2018, when potential participants are invited to attended a course overview of Russia of the Tsars and meet the tutor David Prynn.
The introductory session, with wine and a finger-buffet, starts at 7.00pm - all subsequent sessions commence at 7.45pm. Each session will last for around 1.5hrs. The course is 9 weeks long and costs £48.60.
|Ivan IV - the Terrible||The Tsarist Dynasty||Catherine the Great||Nicholas II|
Between the seventeenth century and the 1917 revolution, the Russian Tsars became absolute rulers of the largest and most diverse empire in the world. The splendour of their court and their capital city, St. Petersburg, was extraordinary, but this imperial edifice was supported by the toil of millions of serfs tied to the land and brutally repressed.
The vast majority of the people were uneducated, yet Russia produced writers, artists, and composers of world importance. The Tsars created a mighty army, but it failed them in the Crimea and in World War I. This empire of contradictions was to have a profound influence on the developing history of both Europe and Asia.
Covering the origins of Tsarist Russia in the 17thC and outlining its dynamic history, from Muscovy and Ivan the Terrible through the rule of Catherine the Great to the last, doomed, Tsar Nicholas II in 1917, the course examines why autocratic rule persisted for nearly 300 years, what its problems were and the various reasons for its eventual collapse.
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
1. Indicate reasons for the unique characteristics of Russian historical culture.
2. Explain the origins of serfdom in Russia.
3. Suggest reasons for the persistence of autocratic rule in Russia.
4. Indicate reasons for the collapse of Tsarist Russia.
Recommended reading for the course includes (E = Essential; B = Background; R = Reference):
|E||Russia, The Tsarist and Soviet Legacy||
|B||Russia, a Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People||Dimbleby, J.||
BBC Books, 2008
|E||A People’s Tragedy, Russian Revolution 1891–1924||Figes, O||
J. Cape, 1996
|E||Natasha’s Dance, a Cultural History of Russia||Figes, O||
Penguin Books, 2003
|E||The Making of Modern Russia||Kochan, L||
Penguin Books, 1970
|R||Russia: A 1,000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East||Sixsmith, Martin||
BBC Books, 2011
|A Concise History of Russian Art||Rice, Tamara Talbot||
|A History of Russian Music||Montague-Nathan, M.||
|Alexander I||Palmer, Alan||
|Alexander II and the Modernisation of Russia||Mosse, W.E.||
|Chronicle of the Russian Tsars||Warnes, David||
|Daily Life in Russia Under the Last Tsar||Troyat, Henri|
|Elizabeth and Catherine||Coughlan, Robert|
|Ivan the Terrible||Troyat, Henri|
|Nicholas II||Lieven, D.C.B.|
|Peter the Great||Troyat, Henri|
|Russia and the Mongol Yoke||Hartog, Leo de|
|The Russian Empire 1801 - 1917||Seton-Watson, Hugh|
|The Shaman's Coat||Reid, Anna||
For further information please contact the Maplesteads' WEA Secretary, Jean Bowers
- tel: 01787 460 181
- or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org