Melissa Chakars, Ph.D.
B.A., Hunter College, City University of New York
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
HIS 100 Forging the Modern World
HIS 337 HIS History of Russia to 1861
This course is a survey of the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments of Russia from Kievan Rus to the emancipation of the serfs. Topics will include Kievan Rus; the Golden Horde; the Rise of Moscuvy; the consolidation of the Romanov autocracy; the expansion of the empire; and the Great Reforms.
HIS 338 History of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1861-1991
This course is a survey of the major political, social, economic, and cultural developments of the Russian Empire from 1861 to 1917 and of the Soviet Union from its foundation to its break-up in 1991. Topics will include the decline of tsarism; the Russian revolutions; Stalinism; WWII; the Cold War; the “thaw years” under Khrushchev; the “stagnation years” under Brezhnev; and the reforms under Gorbachev.
HIS 339 The Mongol Empire, 1100-1500
In the 13th century, the Mongols built the largest contiguous land empire the world has ever known. This course will cover the rise, running, and fall of this empire. It will explore the society and culture of the Mongols, the world’s most famous nomadic conquerors. In addition, the course will examine how the Mongol Empire impacted the course of Eurasian history. It will explore how the empire affected not only the Mongols themselves, but also the many peoples whom they conquered.
HIS 340 Stalinism: Terror and Transformation in the Soviet Union, 1920s-1950s
This course examines the Soviet Union under the leadership of Joseph Stalin from 1928 to 1953. This period was repressive, but also transformative. The course will address not only the suffering inflicted by Stalin's steep repression, but also the social, cultural, and economic impact of his policies. Course readings will focus on the experiences of ordinary people to demonstrate that Stalin’s rule brought both opportunity, as well as great tragedy.
Russia and the Former Soviet Union