Aleksandr Logunov


 work(802) 443-2006
 Sunderland Language Center

Professor, Dean of the Department of History, Political Science and Law at the Russian State University for the Humanities.Doktorskaya, Russian State University for the Humanities

When my administrative responsibilities and to-do list leave me a moment to catch my breath, I recall that my research interests (back when I had time for research interests) include teaching, and the study of historical consciousness and historical cognition.

I have published over 150 works, including 2 monographs and 3 textbooks. Among my favorite courses to teach are: "Historical psychology", "The History of Russia", "The History of Historical Science", and "The History of Political and Legal Concepts." Perhaps my favorite recent monograph is: "The Historiographical Culture of Russia in the Twentieth Century."

With little time for a hobby, my recreational activity recently has been exploring the topic: "What is good and what is bad?" with students and devising new means of praising the department with my superiors. If nothing else, these discussions are making me an expert negotiator.




Course List: 

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RUSS 6628 - 1917-2017: Realized Utopia      

Russia 1917-2017: History of Realized Utopia

For 80 years, Russia existed in a constant state of attempting to realize the communist ideal. Through these years, the country went through a civil war, Stalinism, the Virgin Lands Campaign, the Space Race, Stagnation, Perestroika. What united all of these events? What is the common thread of Russian and Soviet history? What role did the events of 1917 really play?
To this day, Russian society is divided in its interpretation of many key events of the 20th century. In this course, we will not only grapple with key events in Russian history, but try to understand their political, social, and cultural significance. 1917 cardinally altered life in Russia and significantly influenced global development. It affected people’s whole lives: language, social ties, value systems, as well as new literature, theater, and cinema. The study of Soviet Russia and its unique attempt to achieve utopian, communist ideals can assist in one’s understanding of the texts and subtexts of Russian life, including those reflected in language, literature, and art. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6655 - CommunicativeHistory of Russia      

Communicative History of Russia

History, as a discipline, is often understood as studying the history of facts. Let us step away from that conception and try to regard history as studying the history of connections, interconnections, relations, and interrelations. In fact, all classical literature of the 19th-20th centuries can be seen as dedicated to the solution of one global problem: do individuals build their own social relationships, or do social relations form the individual? Each proposition is as controversial as the other. And what about in reality? This is what we will discuss in the course, based on the examination of both literary works and the facts of Russian history. Today, when communicology is becoming a meaningful and sometimes crucial tool for understanding the present, an attempt to read and understand the historical through the prism of complex and often confusing social relationships cannot fail to be relevant. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6657 - Russia&China in GlobalPolitics      

Russia and China in Global Politics

This course will examine problems in the role of China and Russia in the contemporary geopolitical situation. The People’s Republic of China and Russian Federation have become, in different ways, the most powerful challenges of the 21st century. As permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, they often speak out together against initiatives of Western European countries. But do they really, in this way, speak as one? What unites them and what separates them? We will try to understand the basis of each power’s foreign policy strategies. Russian tries to maintain its position in the world through maximal use of its energy potential. But China has proposed a different challenge – to rebuild the world on the basis, principally, of a new transcommunications project. How are these projects beginning to be realized, and how do they compete with each other? How will this affect the fate of the world? Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6663 - Russia & US in 20C & 21C      

History of a Bipolar World: Russia and the US in the 20th-21st Centuries

This graduate course, intended for students interested in history, is centered on the study of global economic, social, political, and cultural processes examined through the prism of interaction between the US and USSR. Of principal importance is the attempt to understand whether the 20th century was indeed bipolar, although naturally such powerful centers as the USSR and US had a serious influence on the development of historical processes. The controversial nature of the problem creates an essential basis for graduate students to work out their own independent judgments, which will be evaluated in discussion, trainings, and the exchange of opinions. In the course of examining these issues, we will consider how and to what extent the historical legacy of the 20th century has carried over and been preserved in the current century. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6666 - Russia in Post-Soviet Space      

The course, designed for graduate students interested in modern politics, undertakes a comprehensive study of the problems of Russia's foreign policy toward the countries that became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The last twenty years have been one of the most complex and dynamic periods for Russia and her neighbors. The issues of independence, identity, interstate relations have been characterized by acute struggle, both within national political elites and among the states. Defining priorities has not been an easy process either in Russia or in the neighboring countries. This process was complicated by the clashing interests of external powerful “actors” (such as the USA, the EU, and China) over the post-Soviet space. Some rising powers (such as Turkey, Iran, and others) have recently become more active and claimed a special role in this Eurasian geopolitical region. This period is full of contradictions and conflicts and gives plenty of insight into historical, geopolitical, political, and cultural aspects of the region, and allows us to test major modern political theories and their applicability to the analysis of many interesting problems. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6670 - Foreign Policy 2014-2017      

Russian Foreign Policy 2014-2017: Strategies within Sanctions

Russia has spent recent years in a state of international isolation. Economic sanctions, introduced after the invasion of Ukraine, exerted and continue to exert multifaceted influence on all aspects of life in Russia. Under these conditions, Russia’s foreign policy had to change significantly.
Today, we are faced with a fairly unique situation: on the one hand, it is not quite a Cold War, but on the other, all normal international communication and relations have been skewed. However, no one country, no matter how large or powerful, can be completely self-reliant.

This course will focus on cases that became particularly significant for the Russian administration and the Russian political elite. This is the first time that Russian leaders have had to deal with such problems. It is therefore a safe assumption that we are dealing with a unique stage in the evolution of Russia’s foreign policy. These topics can be of interest not only to political or international scientists. Life under sanctions has significantly influenced the worldview of a large part of the Russian populace, and this will inevitably affect the formation of new socio-political and cultural priorities. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6673 - Russian-Ukrainian Relations      

History of Russian-Ukrainian Relations

In spite of the fact that Russian-Ukrainian relations have lately become one of the key issues in contemporary international politics, this course will be devoted to the history of relations between Russia and Ukraine. This topic has a lot to offer and there are many aspects that still remain unclear and provoke a lot of discussions not only in society, but also among professional historians.

The early Middle Ages were characterized by joint development of Kiev and Novgorod lands, united by power, self-identification and common outlook. The following period was marked by the development of Ukrainian groups under the strong influence of Russia, Poland, and Austria, which shaped cultural peculiarities and social preferences of Ukrainians. The 17th century was a new stage in Eastern Ukrainian development as an integral part of the Moscow State and then the Russian Empire, while southwestern Ukrainian lands kept developing under the influence of other countries.

The 20th century turned out to be the most dramatic for both peoples. Two world wars, civil war, challenges of modernization — all these contributed to a growing number of contradictions when addressing problems of identity.

The course, aimed at graduate students, deals with the ethnic and cultural aspects of Russian and Ukrainian development as well as the formation of their social and political priorities and symbols. Understanding these phenomena will allow a better analysis and comprehension of the contemporary tension between Russia and Ukraine, which does not always reflect the mutual attitudes and values of both peoples. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6682 - Image of West in Russ Hist/Cul      

Images of the West in Russian History and Culture, 18th – 21st Centuries

This course will focus on one of the key problems of Russian history – Russia’s desire to enter Europe on equal footing and completely retain its identity and uniqueness. Our analysis will begin with the 18th century, as that is when this goal was identified as a foreign policy priority. The course will end with contemporary developments, as Russia finds itself once again in opposition to the European community, though some Russians, as always, see themselves as part of Europe.

To evaluate this issue, we will focus on culture and national-cultural psychology. We will read texts and discuss issues that deal with how European values have affected Russian identity and the role that Russia has played in the development of the European community. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6691 - Russian Foreign Policy 2000s      

Eastern Vector in Russian Foreign Policy of 2000s

This is a course for students interested in international affairs. For more than 10 years, the “Big East” has become a critical issue in global politics. The so-called “clash of civilizations,” “the Islamic factor,” “the Chinese wonder,” “the Arab Spring,” and finally the war in Syria and the refugee crisis – all of these affect the geopolitical priorities of the “big players.”

These factors also critically affect Russia. The formation of modern Russian nationhood began with the lion’s share of attention being paid to Western vectors of development – something that was supported both by political élites and by popular opinion. However, the early 2000s saw Russia realizing that it cannot ignore its interests in the East. This demanded significant, painful, and ambivalent changes in foreign policy.

This course will focus on how events in the East affected the transformation of Russia’s foreign policy and internal life. Attention will be paid to the contemporary “eastern crisis” and the “great game” played by the “big players” of the East. The course will examine the issues surrounding the events in the East and analyze the reactive decisions made by Russia vis-à-vis said issues. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6790 - Putinomania & Putinophobia      

Putinomania and Putinophobia: The Political Image of Contemporary Russia

This graduate course, intended for students interested in contemporary Russian society and politics, is centered on the analysis of the formation of contemporary Russia's image in the world. Special attention will be paid to characterizing the political transformation of Russia in the 2000's, which is inseparably connected with the name of the Russian President. The ambiguous and conflicting assessments of this problem constitute a good field for intellectual discussion and the examination of one's own views. The course will consist of lectures, discussion, round tables, and the independent analysis of political documents. Grades will be based on the preparation of independent essays, analytical notes, and other written assignments. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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