Elena Ogarkova




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RUSS 6612 - The Great Patriotic War      

Many contemporary international problems are the result of the worldwide reorganization after World War II. For 70 years, every country developed its own account of the global conflict that took place from 1939 to 1945. The war between the USSR and Hitler’s Germany and its allies became known as the Great Patriotic War. For present-day Russians, this is one of the chief historical events used to construct national identity.

This course examines the War from the point of view of military-historical anthropology and analyzes Russian cultural reflection of Russia’s war-filled past. Graduate students will familiarize themselves with the main schools of thought of Russian historians on the causes, chronology, and results of the Great Patriotic War. Topics covered will include the most controversial events and issues from the War, such as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; collaborationism; the fate of non-combatants; economic, demographic, and cultural effects of the War on the USSR; and others. But the course will primarily focus on the forms and mechanisms of memory about the War in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6746 - Everyday Cultre:Russian People      

Everyday Culture of the Russian People

Despite the gradual disappearance of a more rural style of life, urbanization, and globalization, traditional folk values and ethno-cultural idiosyncrasies continue to affect the lives of modern Russians. This course will focus on the ethics and aesthetics of the Russian people as they are manifested in everyday life and holidays.

The course will consist of five thematic parts: (1) labor and economics of the Russian village;
(2) the typology and semantics of the traditional home; (3) family and marriage among Russians; (4) Russian views on beauty; and (5) Russian artistic crafts and folklore. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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Davis School of Russian

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.2006
F: 802.443.2075

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Russian School
Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

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