Scheda programma d'esame
Anno accademico2020/21
PeriodoPrimo semestre

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Obiettivi di apprendimento

The course aims to enable students to analyze the system of Russian-European relations in their general lines in a long-term historical perspective, knowing how to grasp certain elements of continuity that, in different eras, have characterized and continue to characterize the perception and, consequently, the Russian policy towards Europe. In particular, the causes of the alternating phases between East and West will be evaluated, to dwell on some aspects of Russian-British and Russian-German relations.

Modalità di verifica delle conoscenze

Class participation – 25%

Final exam – 75%


Students will be able to discuss and formulate analysys about culture and identity in the Foreign Politics, Russian and Pan-russian identity, National Questions, Imperialism, Spheres of Influence, Russian-German Relations, Russian-British Relations, Eurasian integration.

Modalità di verifica delle capacità

The students are required to do a presentation on an issue, chosen with the teacher.


Students will acquire and/or develop an awareness of national identity issues in the developement of international relations.

Modalità di verifica dei comportamenti

Students are expected to take an active part to the course and to participate to the discussion in class. Students are invited to express their positions and to formulate hypotheses as to the development of the development of the Russian-European relations. 

Prerequisiti (conoscenze iniziali)

A knowledge of the basic elements of Russian and European modern and contemporary history is desirable. A high school handbook is appropriate.

Prerequisiti per studi successivi


Indicazioni metodologiche

Lectures, with visual aids such as powerpoints/videos.

Programma (contenuti dell'insegnamento)

Part I

  1. The Kievan Rus’ and the Western Europe
  2. Causes and consequences of the 1056 division
  3. The Golden Horde
  4. Western Humanism and Renaissance and Russia
  5. Comparative analysis of the Russian and European societies 
  6. The creation of the modern Russian State as European power

Part II

  1. Russia and Europe and the aftermaths of 1789
  2. Napoleonic invasion of 1812
  3. The Crimea War
  4. Russia as Christian power
  5. The German unity
  6. The British Empire and the struggle for Central Asia

Part III

  1. Crisis of Czarism
  2. The spread of socialism in the Russian world
  3. Stalinism, fascism and social-fascism
  4. 1941-1945 and the new Soviet myth

Part IV

  1. The Iron curtain
  2. Hallstein Doctrine and Brandt Ostpolitik
  3. Brezhnev and the developed socialism
  4. Perestrojka
  5. The Russian Federation

Part V

  1. The Commonwealth of Independent States
  2. The Primakov Doctrine
  3. The new Eurasian integration
  4. The Georgian crisis
  5. Europe and Russia and the crisis in Ukraine
Bibliografia e materiale didattico

Iver B. Neumann, Russia and the Idea of Europe: A Study in Identity and International Relations, Routledge, London-New York, 2003.

K. Engelbrekt-B. Nygren, Russia and Europe: Building Bridges, Digging Trenches, Routledge, London-New York, 2010

Other materials will be given to the students in the course of the lessons.

Modalità d'esame

Final oral exam


Exam Commission: Andrea Giannotti, Elena Dundovich

Stage e tirocini


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