ONLINE: Never having to say you’re sorry could be the motto of the czars of Russia. From Vladimir who shopped for a religion and the greats — Ivan, Peter and Catherine — to the Alexander who beat Napoleon and the last tsar, Nicholas, who threw it all away, Russian rulers had too much power and no self-control. This course will be an overview of Russian history to 1917, concentrating on the absolute rulers absolutely no one would want to be ruled by. We will make many comparisons of Russian and U.S. history, especially how geography affected both. While primarily a lecture-based course, we will pause frequently for Q&As. A website will provide a course outline of dates, names and events. Students will learn how Russian history was different from U.S. history in terms of violence and how that influences what Russian President Vladimir Putin does today. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 200.
Sally Purath earned her B.A. in social sciences and M.Ed. at Colorado State University. She taught history, world humanities and language arts to 12th graders for 26 years, as well as many teacher workshops. Sally has extensive training in history and humanities, especially of the U.S., Russia, India, China, Japan, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Sally has been teaching courses for OLLI since 2009 at Colorado State and Duke.