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Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (19.09.2016)
The main questions we should try to address are topics such as: What is post-soviet in Russia? Why is Vladimir Putin still popular in Russia while negatively perceived in the West? Who rules the country? Is Russia a great power? Does it promote its borders or defends its territory? Nevertheless, students are welcomed and encouraged to raise their own questions.
After finishing of this course, students should be able to analyze the problems of contemporary Russia in their depth, explain them not only by simple declarations and truths so well known from newspapers. We will be simply asking questions, trying to find possible explanations.
Our goal is to understand and discuss, not to judge.
After absolving this course, student should be able to analyze impartially and without emotions the situation in Russia and its role in the world.
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (01.10.2018)
1. Otechestvennaya istoria noveyshego vremeni 1985-2005, RGGU, Moskva 2007.
3. Gelman V., Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes
Gustafson, Thane. 2012. Wheel of fortune: the battle for oil and power in Russia. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Hanson P. The Russian Ebonomic Recovery: Do Four years of growth tell us that the fundamentals have changed? Europe- Asia Studies, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2003, 365-3
Zygar M., All Kremlin's men, Public Affairs, 2016
Sakwa, Richard. 2014. Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky-Yukos Affair. London: I.B.Tauris.
Ledeneva, Alena V. 2013. Can Russia Modernise?: Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dawisha, Karen, Putin’s kleptocracy : who owns Russia? 2014
Chebankova, Elena, Civil Society in Putin’s Russia, Routledge, 2013.
Markedonov, Sergey. 2013. Rise of radical and nonofficial islamic groups in russia's volga region. [Place of publication not identified]: Rowman & Littlefield Publ.¨
Rawlinson, Patricia. From Fear to Fraternity: A Russian Tale of Crime, Economy and Modernity. London: Pluto, 2010.
Tsygankov, Andrei P. 2012. Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin: honor in international relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cadier, David, and Margot Light. 2015. Russia's foreign policy: ideas, domestic politics and external relations.
Trenin, Dmitriĭ. Post-imperium: A Eurasian Story. Washington, D.C: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2011 http://carnegieendowment.org/pdf/book/post-imperium.pdf
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Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (12.10.2018)
Students are expected to have a reasonable command of English. The core of the course should be a discussion not a lecture. Therefore, ability to formulate your thoughts is essential for the success of the course.
The course should be lively, not a boring listening to my lectures. For each of the class, up to 50 pages of readings are assigned. Students are expected to contribute to the discussions with questions and remarks based on their readings. Furthermore, for each of the classes, each student should be able to bring some news from current affairs (please, not newborn cute puppy…) and interpret it somehow.
Student should write a book review on a chosen book from the given list of readings.
The midterm test (November 23) will be based on readings and discussed topics. It will be ten questions with short answers. The student should demonstrate his understanding of the subject, not the ability to write novels...
The final test is similar in structure, nevertheles, it covers both reading and the topics for the whole course.
Grading from the total result is determined as follows:
• 91 and more = A
• 81 - 90 % = B
• 71 - 80 % = C
• 61 - 70 % = D
• 51 - 60 % = E
• 0 - 50 % = F
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (15.11.2018)
1. October 5, 2018 - introduction to the course. Requirements, expectations etc.
2. October 12, 2018 - forming of the state - was the fall of the Soviet Union real catastrophe for Russia? Why was the fall of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe"? What went wrong?
a. George Breslauer, Evaluating Gorbachev as a Leader, pp. 271-294
b. David R. Marples, Revisiting the Collapse of the USSR1
3. October 19, 2018 - were the 1990s a disaster? Were the reforms of 1990s complete failure?
a. Peter Rutland, Boris Eltsin of History, http://www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/assets/docs/demokratizatsiya%20archive/06-04_rutland.pdf
b. George Breslauer, Evaluating Yeltsin as Leader
4. October 26, 2018 - Vladimir Putin - a rise of a strongman? How Vlaimir Putin got to a power? Why the system became so stable? What were the conditions, environment?
a. Richard Sakwa, Putin’s Path in Putin: Russia’s choice
5. November 2, 2018 - Russia as a dictatorship? President’s power in the system. Putin’s use of a parliament etc.
a. William A. Clark, Boxing Russia Executive-Legislative Powers and the Categorization of Russia’s Regime Type
6. November 16, 2018- Russian elections - fraud or reflection of voters’ preferences? Party system. Reforms of the party system as a limitation of democracy etc. Setting the authoritarian rule?
7. November 23, 2018 - groups of power. Siloviks, liberals etc. informal power, rules.
a. Alena Ledeneva, How Russia Really Works, pp. 10-27
7. November 30, 2018- Russian federation - united we stand? Is Russia still a federation, or a unitary state?
8. December 14, 2018 - Russian economy - colossus on clay feet? Dependency on oil. Current problems of Russia’s economy - Why it is stagnating?
9. December 21, 2018 - Russian foreign policy - Is Russia losing its role? Relations with the close neighborhood. Russian aspect in their policies. Russian minority.
11. January 4, 2019 - Russia as an emerging great power? Great power ambitions. Multi-vector policy. Geopolitics
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (01.10.2017)
Sound command of English is the most important reqiurement. Students should be able to express their thoughts. Students are expected to discuss papers they read and their broader context.
Russian language command is an asset, but not a condition. All the papers are submitted in English.