Aleksandr Logunov


 Russian School

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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RUSS6610 - Russia Between East & West      

Russia Between East and West: a Choice of Priorities

Russia's historical and cultural development has been largely dominated by the «Eastern» and the «Western» vectors. Even in the Middle Ages Alexander Nevsky had to make a hard choice between the Catholic West and Mongol Hоrdes. In the 21st century the question has remained pressing for both Russian politicians and the public: what model should be chosen for Russian modernization — the Chinese (Eastern) or European (Western) one.

At the same time, it's extremely popular to think of Russia as a unique type of civilization having her own special design being neither the West nor the East.

This graduate course is to address key problems in Russian history and present an overview of the most important terms and concepts crucial for both developing better understanding of classical historical texts and literature and the current situation. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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RUSS6622 - Russia & US:Perestroika -Reset      

Russia and the USA: from «perestroika» to «reset»

The «image» and the attitude to the USA in Russian political life and public sphere are of utmost importance. A lot of Russia's political processes can be understood only in the context of their proper understanding. Intriguingly, there are two co-existing images of the USA in Russian mass culture - «demonized» and «romanticized».
The course aimed at graduate students is focused on the analysis of Russia's and America's misperception and stereotype formation process in mass culture as well as political manipulations in this field since the Cold War years and up to the present moment.

Great emphasis is going to be placed on the recent years and the latest developments closely connected with the ideas of «reset» in Russian-American relations accompanied by a thorough analysis of contradictions which have arisen in the context of this policy's implementation. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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RUSS6624 - History of House of Romanov      

The History of the House of Romanov

This year marks the four-hundredth anniversary of the coming to power of the Romanovs. The course will offer an in-depth analysis of the role the Romanov family from 1613 to 1917. Students will be challenged to see the world through the eyes of the Romanovs, including how they saw their historic mission; how they brought up their children to be ready for ruling; how they created a special circle around the royal family; and how they interacted with the world around them. The Romanov family’s strict rules of conduct and personal myths, legends, and superstitions will be examined. Foreign relations will also be examined in the context of the international positioning of the ruling house: political alliances, dynastic marriages, and their participation in various international projects. Russian internal attitudes toward the Romanovs and the image of the Romanovs in Russian literature, theatre, visual arts, and movies will also be examined. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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RUSS6663 - 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

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RUSS6666 - 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

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RUSS6673 - 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

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RUSS6682 - Image of West in Russ Hist/Cul      

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

В центре курса, который предлагается аспирантам, находится одна из ключевых проблем российской истории – ее стремление войти в Европу на равных основаниях и, вместе с тем, полностью сохранить свою идентичность и самобытность. Мы начинаем анализ с 18 века, потому что именно в этот период данная задача была определена в качестве приоритетов государственной политики. Заканчиваем современными событиями, когда Россия вновь оказалась в ситуации противостояния Европейскому сообществу. Однако, это не означает, что русские перестали ощущать себя европейцами.

Своеобразие курса будет определяться тем, что главными способами измерения данной проблемы станет не политика, а культура и национально-культурная психология. Поэтому мы будем читать тексты и дискутировать по вопросам, которые помогут нам понять, как европейские ценности влияли на русское самосознание, и как Россия участвовала в строительстве общего европейского дома. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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RUSS6691 - Russian Foreign Policy 2000s      

Eastern Vector in Russian Foreign Policy of 2000s

Данный курс предлагается, прежде всего, тем, кто интересуется проблемами современной внешней политики и международных отношений. Уже более 10 лет «большой Восток» стал одной из самых острых и болезненных тем в мировой политике. «Столкновение цивилизаций», «исламский фактор», «китайское чудо», «арабская весна», и, наконец, «сирийский кризис» и «проблема мигрантов» – все эти вызовы стали менять геополитические приоритеты «больших игроков».

Для судеб России все эти вызовы имеют особо острое значение. Строительство современной российской государственности началось с безусловной ориентации на «западные» векторы развития, что поддерживалось и политическими элитами, и широким общественным мнением. Однако уже к началу 2000-х годов стало ясно, что Россия не может игнорировать свои особые интересы на «востоке». Это потребовало существенных перемен в приоритетах внешней политики. Процесс был болезненным и неоднозначным.

В нашем курсе мы попытаемся разобраться в том, как вызовы, идущие с «востока» влияли на трансформацию внешней политики и внутреннюю жизнь страны. Конечно, мы будем много говорить о современном «восточном кризисе» и «большой игре» великих держав на Востоке. В основе курса будет разбор задач и вызовов и анализ тех решений, которыми на них отвечает Россия. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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RUSS6693 - 21C Russia & Int'l Orgs      

Russia & International Organizations in the 21st Century

The course focuses on the analysis of one of Russia’s most complex foreign policy issues – Russia's search for its place in the system of contemporary international relations. Russia’s loss of “Great Power” status after the collapse of the Soviet Union brought about a serious crisis in Russia's foreign affairs practices, and international relations in the 21st century are shaped by a different set of challenges. Reactions to outside organizations are colored by nostalgia about the past and a struggle within Russia's political elite about the country’s place in world politics. This course will include a thorough exploration of major documents, analytical papers, and various expert opinions, as well as an in-depth study of public opinion and political rhetoric. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013

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RUSS6790 - 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

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