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Lectures Russian Empire to Revolution from Vanderbilt University for Senior Class
Frank Wcislo, Dean of The Commons and assocWiate professor of history at Vanderbilt University
This lecture series surveys the history of the Russian Empire from the 18th century, the height of its prominence, until the revolutions of 1917, the time of its collapse. Its topics will include the 18th century empire of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, the Napoleonic Wars, which were made famous in Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the coming of industrial modernity to a society and culture shaped by autocracy and serfdom, 19th century Russian imperial expansion in Eurasia, and the wars and revolutions of the early 20th century that destroyed monarchical empire and created the world’s first communist state. The lectures also consider imperial Russian identity, society, culture, economy and politics, all of which imitated but also differed from cultures found to “the West,” an ambivalent relationship that continues to complicate Russian history.
1881 – 1914 – Russia under the Old regime
Last of Tsars 1996
Great use of contemporary film footage and interviews with survivors. Strong on Romanov family and Nicholas and Alix. General commentary not so good.
Worth watching for the images.
Lenin A biography 45 mins
This is a BBC documentary from 2003 and probably one of the best on Stalin. The archive footage is very good and it draws upon some excellent evidence from close witnesses, including Stalin’s own family. Uploaded for educational purposes only.