EURA235-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Tsardom to Empire: Russian History 1480 to 1917

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course explores aspects of social, political, economic, cultural, religious, and intellectual history of Russia prior to 1917, with a particular emphasis on the autocratic tradition as developed from 1480 onwards. The course also investigates the making of the Russian Empire while also examining ways in which political forces unique to Russia shaped the country's cultural specificity in the European context.

The course provides a critical survey of Russian history from medieval times to the fall of the monarchy in 1917, with particular emphasis on the Russian autocratic tradition from Ivan the Terrible to the last Romanovs. It examines how Russian tsars and emperors single-handedly ruled the country's vast Eurasian expanses, often bringing about enormous political and social transformations by decree. In this class, our driving questions will be: what held the empire together for so long and what eventually tore it apart? We will give particular attention to: the interactions between reform and revolution; the growth of Russia’s multi-ethnic, multi-confessional empire; political terrorism and socialism; and the vexed question of Russia’s identity as а Eurasian polity.  We will reflect on these political forces in Russian culture, particularly where they contributed to Russian cultural specificity and distinguished the Russians from other European nations.


Any 15 points at 100 level from EURA, HIST, or
RUSS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


HIST138, RUSS111, HIST235, HIST335, RUSS235,  RUSS335, EURA235, EURA335

Equivalent Courses

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Meremere 526 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 11 Jun
02 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun

Course Coordinator

Evgeny Pavlov


Please check the course Learn page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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All EURA235 Occurrences

  • EURA235-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023