The Age of Revolution
Instructor: John I. Brooks III

Term: Fall 1997 Time: MWF 1:00-1:50 Location: Adm 403 Credits: 3

Objectives and Expectations

Schedule of Readings | Assignments

Objectives: This course will examine revolutions in twentieth-century Russia and Iran. At the beginning of this period, both countries suffered revolutions that transformed traditional societies into modern states. At the end of this period, the people of both countries rejected the ideologies that had modernized their countries and started a second wave of revolutions that continues today. By studying these revolutions closely and comparing them, we will try to figure out why revolutions happen and whether there are any common features to revolutions in different times and places. To help us understand revolutions, we will study some different theories of revolution. At the end of this course, students will have the following knowledge and skills:

Required Texts (Available at the Bookstore):


Late Work, Rewrites: All work for this course must be turned in on the announced dates. Late work will be penalized one letter grade unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. You may rewrite up to three (3) exercises. Rewrites are due one week after I return the original assignment.

Attendance is required. I will take attendance each day, and poor attendance (more than 5 absences) can hurt your grade. Being late twice counts as one absence.

Preparation: You should complete assigned readings before class. If you have questions about the readings, you should write them down and ask me to explain during class. You should take notes on the readings and on class lectures. I reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes to test whether students are doing the readings.

Participation: You are at Teikyo Loretto Heights in part to learn English and in part to receive an American-style education. For these reasons, I will ask you questions in class, and I encourage you to ask me questions. Students who participate by asking questions and contributing to discussions will be rewarded. One way to do this is to write down a question before class and ask me the question during class, as mentioned above under "Preparation."

Academic Honesty: There are two kinds of assignment in this class—individual and group. I expect you to do individual assignments by yourself. You may not copy from other students, and you may not let other students copy your work. For group assignments, I expect you to contribute to the group. If you do not, you are getting credit for work you did not do.

For all assignments, you should use quotations and ideas from written sources to support what you say in written assignments. If you quote or use specific information from a text, you must state where you found it—that is, you must CITE YOUR SOURCES. Failure to follow these rules is academic dishonesty. I penalize academic honesty as follows: for the first offense, you must rewrite the assignment; for the second offense, you get an F (0) for the assignment, with no opportunity to rewrite; THE THIRD TIME, YOU FAIL THE COURSE.

Incompletes: I give an incomplete only if a student is unable for good reasons to complete a small portion of the assignments for a course. Good reasons include illness or accident; generally speaking, too much work in other courses is not a good reason. I will not give an incomplete simply because a student is afraid of getting a low grade.





A Study in Revolution Sergei Eisenstein, "Battleship Potemkin"
Sep 1-5 Sep 1: Labor Day—No Class  
Two Classic Theories of Revolution Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto (Goldstone 21-30, MacKenzie 52-59); Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution (Goldstone 30-31)
Russia—The Traditional Order MacKenzie 1-20, 23-23-27, 32-39
Russia—The Crisis of the Monarchy MacKenzie ch. 3-4
Sep 15-19 Russia—From Moderate to Radical Revolution MacKenzie ch. 6-7
Sep 22-26 Russia—The New Order MacKenzie ch. 9-11
Sep 29-Oct 3 Iran—The Traditional Order Milani ch. 2; reading to be announced
Iran—The Crisis of the Monarchy Milani ch. 2; reading to be announced
Oct 6-10 Iran—From Moderate to Radical Revolution Milani ch. 2; reading to be announced
Iran—The New Order Milani ch. 3
Oct 13-17 Midterm Assessment  
New Theories of Revolution Skocpol and Trimberger, "Revolutions: A Structural Analysis" (Goldstone 64-70); Goldstone, "Revolutions in Modern Dictatorships" (Goldstone 70-77)
Oct 27-31 Iran—The New Order and its Problems Milani ch. 4-6; Goldstone 128-46
Nov 3-7 Iran—The Islamic Revolution Milani ch. 7-9
Nov 10-14 Iran—The Islamic Republic Milani ch. 10-11
Nov 17-21 Russia—Problems of the Soviet Union MacKenzie ch. 17-18
Nov 24-28 Russia—The Collapse of the Soviet Union MacKenzie ch. 18, 20
Nov 28 Thanksgiving—No Class  
Dec 1-5 Russia as a Pluralistic Democracy MacKenzie ch. 21
Dec 8 Review: Theory and Fact in the History of Revolutions  
Dec 12 1:00-3:00—Final Assessment  

Assignments Objectives and Expectations | Schedule of Readings

  1. (Due Sep. 5): Complete the worksheet for "Battleship Potemkin."

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