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 classindividual 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 itthat 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.
SCHEDULE OF CLASS MEETINGS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS Objectives and Expectations | Assignments
|Aug 25-29||INTRODUCTION: REVOLUTIONS IN MODERN HISTORY|
|A Study in Revolution||Sergei Eisenstein, "Battleship Potemkin"|
|Sep 1-5||Sep 1: Labor DayNo 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)|
|Sep 8-12||REVOLUTIONS AGAINST TRADITIONAL GOVERNMENTS|
|RussiaThe Traditional Order||MacKenzie 1-20, 23-23-27, 32-39|
|RussiaThe Crisis of the Monarchy||MacKenzie ch. 3-4|
|Sep 15-19||RussiaFrom Moderate to Radical Revolution||MacKenzie ch. 6-7|
|Sep 22-26||RussiaThe New Order||MacKenzie ch. 9-11|
|Sep 29-Oct 3||IranThe Traditional Order||Milani ch. 2; reading to be announced|
|IranThe Crisis of the Monarchy||Milani ch. 2; reading to be announced|
|Oct 6-10||IranFrom Moderate to Radical Revolution||Milani ch. 2; reading to be announced|
|IranThe New Order||Milani ch. 3|
|Oct 13-17||Midterm Assessment|
|Oct 20-24||REVOLUTIONS AGAINST MODERN DICTATORSHIPS|
|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||IranThe New Order and its Problems||Milani ch. 4-6; Goldstone 128-46|
|Nov 3-7||IranThe Islamic Revolution||Milani ch. 7-9|
|Nov 10-14||IranThe Islamic Republic||Milani ch. 10-11|
|Nov 17-21||RussiaProblems of the Soviet Union||MacKenzie ch. 17-18|
|Nov 24-28||RussiaThe Collapse of the Soviet Union||MacKenzie ch. 18, 20|
|Nov 28 ThanksgivingNo 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||1:00-3:00Final Assessment|
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