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Central Europe and the Russian Empire during the long 19th century


Admission requirements

This course is part of the (Res)MA History Programme. It is not accessible for BA students.


This research seminar will focus on the processes of interaction and entanglement between Russian political society and its peripheries in the West (Baltic states, Poland, Ukraine), but also its neighbours within the Habsburg Monarchy and the Prussian Monarchy/German Empire.

Topics are to be suggested and developed by the students during the first sessions.

There will be an entry test, compulsory literature for the test Geoffry Hosking, Russian History. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford 2012

Course objectives

General learning objectives

The student has acquired:

  • 1) The ability to independently identify and select literature, using traditional and modern techniques;

  • 2) The ability to independently identify and select sources, using traditional and modern techniques;

  • 3) The ability to analyse and evaluate a corpus of sources with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;

  • 4) The ability to analyse and evaluate literature with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;

  • 5) The ability to independently formulate a clear and well-argued research question, taking into account the theory and method of the field and to reduce this question to accessible and manageable sub-questions;

  • 6) The ability to independently set up and carry out an original research project that can make a contribution to existing scholarly debates;

  • 7) The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report on research results in correct English, when required, or Dutch, meeting the criteria of the discipline;

  • 8) The ability to participate in current debates in the specialisation;

  • 9) The ability to provide constructive feedback to and formulate criticism of the work of others and the ability to evaluate the value of such criticism and feedback on one’s own work and incorporate it;

  • 10) (ResMA only:) The ability to participate in a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the discipline.

Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation

  • 11) Thorough knowledge and comprehension of one of the specialisations or subspecialisations as well as of the historiography of the specialisation, focusing particularly on the following; in the specialisation Political Culture and National Identities: political practices, symbols and perceptions, nationalism, and national identities in a cultural and societal context from 1800;

  • 12) Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological aspects of the specialisation or subspecialisation in question, with a particular focus on the following: in the specialisation Political Culture and National Identities: international comparison and transfer; the analysis of the specific perspectives of secondary studies; a cultural-historical approach of politics and a political-historical approach of culture.

Learning objectives, pertaining to this Research Seminar

The student:

  • 13) Has acquired basic knowledge and understanding of the history of protest in Europe and the United States since the late 18th century;

  • 14) Has acquired a thorough understanding of the concept of protest repertoire, its transnational nature, and its applicability to historical cases;

  • 15) Has acquired in depth knowledge of one particular case study;

  • 16) (ResMA only) Has acquired the ability to use a more complex corpus of sources in comparison to regular MA students; and/or the ability to set up and carry out original research which raises new questions, pioneers new approaches and/or and points to new directions for future research.


The timetable is available on the MA History website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours = 280 hours

  • Lectures: 20 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature and small assignments: 90 hours

  • Prepare and write research papers: 170 hours

Assessment method


  • Written paper (ca. 7500 words, based on research in primary sources, including footnotes and bibliography)
    measured learning objectives: 1-8, 12-15 (ResMA also: 9 and 16)

  • Entry test
    measured learning objectives: 13-14

  • Oral presentation
    measured learning objectives: 3-7, 15

  • Participation in class and online:
    measured learning objectives:1-2, 8, 11-14


Written paper: 70 %
Entry test: 10 %
Oral presentation: 10 %
Participation in class and online: 10%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average with the additional requirement that the written paper must always be sufficent..


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the instructor.

Exam review

How and when a review of the written paper will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the results at the latest.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Communication

  • Discussion

  • Feedback

Reading list

  • David Saunders, Russia in the Age of Reaction and Reform 1801-1881. London/New York 1992.

  • Hans Rogger, Russia in the Age of Modernisation and Revolution 1881-1917. London/New York 1983.

  • Ivan Berend, History Derailed. Central and Eastern Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century. Berkeley/Los Angeles/London 2003.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


[Dr.Christoph Augustynowicz](mailto: