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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:07 PM

Help,

It is five past 3pm and I am in dire need. I have to hand in an essay proposal for my Russian History class at 7pm tonight and I haven't the foggiest clue as to what I am going to write on. I am calling upon anyone to give me an idea. I can write on people, events, economics, politics; pretty much anything from the creation of Russia up until 1917. This is a 3rd year course at university but I will accept any ideas!

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:09 PM

Russia's involvement in the cold war?
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:12 PM

View Post82ndx, on Feb 11 2009, 06:07 PM, said:

Help,

It is five past 3pm and I am in dire need. I have to hand in an essay proposal for my Russian History class at 7pm tonight and I haven't the foggiest clue as to what I am going to write on. I am calling upon anyone to give me an idea. I can write on people, events, economics, politics; pretty much anything from the creation of Russia up until 1917. This is a 3rd year course at university but I will accept any ideas!

Thanks,
Doug


@ Epic

I believe the Cold War took place AFTER 1917.

@ 82ndx

How about the dynamics that led to the Russian Revolution?

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:14 PM

...for some reason I read 2007...
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:15 PM

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How about the dynamics that led to the Russian Revolution?


It has to be an argumentative paper (guess I should have mentioned that). I like where you are going with this though, but what would I argue?
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:26 PM

View Post82ndx, on Feb 11 2009, 06:15 PM, said:

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How about the dynamics that led to the Russian Revolution?


It has to be an argumentative paper (guess I should have mentioned that). I like where you are going with this though, but what would I argue?


The entire social, political and economical state in Russia.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:28 PM

You could argue against the tsarist society, and how it helped give fertile ground to the Bolsheviks.

To narrow the focus, if needed, you pick a specific policy.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:30 PM

Thesis: it takes a "Stalin" to rule a "Russia."

Pick out some of the big leaders in Russia's history, talk about how they ruled and how they treated their people/subjects/whatevers. Talk about how they treated foreign powers, too. Argue whether or not you have to be the hard-lining, chest-thumping autocrat to keep your power -- I'd vote that yes you do, in Russia, but maybe I'm mistaken.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:39 PM

Peter the great I dunno tons of stuff there.


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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:40 PM

I am liking both ideas here. Imperialist Russia and the path they took to set the stage for Revolution and the idea that all Russian leaders have to be ruthless and fearful.

Keep em coming, its really helping the thought process. Feel free to elaborate on your ideas as well if you desire to. Everything helps!
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:42 PM

Go with Peter the Great...the Tsar that single handedly dragged Russia (kicking & screaming) out of medievel culture & into the 17th century.
One of the most facinating figure of European history & easy to find material on. Look up Robert Massie's book "Peter the Great".

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:45 PM

View PostThe Stuntman, on Feb 11 2009, 03:42 PM, said:

Go with Peter the Great...the Tsar that single handedly dragged Russia (kicking & screaming) out of medievel culture & into the 17th century.
One of the most facinating figure of European history & easy to find material on. Look up Robert Massie's book "Peter the Great".

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Peter is definitely one of the most interesting leaders of all time really. His masquerade through Europe as a lowly corporal, learning the ways of the West while making sure his posse, himself included indulged well in drink. He alone would be an awesome topic but I am a stickler for originality and I know others will write on him. So he is kinda a last resort.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:35 PM

Why not the reign of Catherine the Great (Catherine II)? She has a pretty cool story about how she came to power and she was one of the most enlightened despots of Europe.

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:43 PM

I was thinking of her as well. Her rise to power shrouded in mystery (was she behind the death of her incompetent husband? nice story line). I know the term enlightened despots but I'm not sure I would prefer to call her enlightened. I guess that in itself is an essay topic. Ha.
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:52 PM

I once wrote up a sort of essay for a personal project of mine, and I can say both Peter and Catherine are unbelievably interesting and detailed when you search thoroughly on them.
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