The Formation of Putin's Russia


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In lecture format, this course will introduce you to the history of Russia leading up to the current political and economic system of the contemporary Russian Federation. We will look at the historical, cultural and economic history of Russia as well as the political systems of pre-Communist, Communist and post-Communist Russia. We will examine the formation of a mafia state, under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, and its phased transformation from the embryonal democracy of the early '90s to the comprador dictatorship of today. We will also explore what could have been done by the Russian people and the international community in order to follow alternative patterns of both economic and political development. Additionally, we will gain some perspective on Russia’s aggressive international politics towards its neighbours. The first four sessions will cover the history of Russia and the final two sessions will focus on the recent past and present.

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