A Short History of Russia

Is Vladimir Putin the saviour of the motherland or an evil monster bent on conquering the world? Is Russia a threat to its neighbours or are they a threat to Russia? What influence does Russia have on the world and how will that play out in the future? To consider these questions, we need to understand how the major events of Russian history remain relevant today and how they have shaped today’s Russia. Putin is a product of Russian history and Russia’s relations with its neighbours go back hundres of years. Russians believe they are special and that Russia must be treated with respect as a great Power. Is this view any different from the USA’s Manifest Destiny, the British Empire, the Romans, the Chinese or any other Empire?

Course Tutor
Cavan Hogue

Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet

Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person

Course Code for Enrolment

Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.