History 253 Exam

What would you like to be asked in your oral exam? Here is your opportunity to contribute to the exam. Please submit at least two essay-type questions via the comment section of the blog. These should not be narrow, factual questions, rather they should be open-ended questions dealing with central themes of our course. Preferably, they should cross several eras. See the current exam guide on Moodle for suggestions.

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About Karl Qualls

This blog was founded by Karl Qualls, Professor of History at Dickinson College. Karl has received the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Award for Inspirational Teaching, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society Professor of the Year, and Student Senate Professor of the Year. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters, including a chapter in the textbook Russia and Western Civilization: Cultural and Historical Encounters (M.E. Sharpe, 2003) written in collaboration with his colleagues at Dickinson College. He is also author of the monograph From Ruins to Reconstruction: Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II (Cornell, 2009). His most recent book is Stalin’s Niños: Educating Spanish Civil War Refugee Children in the Soviet Union, 1937–1951 (Toronto, 2020). He teaches Russian, German, Italian, and eastern European histories, as well as courses on European dictators, urban history, historical methods, the Holocaust, and more.

3 thoughts on “History 253 Exam

  1. How would you describe the relationship to the land that existed in Russia? How did this shape Russian beliefs over time?

    How did the power of the aristocracy change in Muscovy? When were they most significant, and when were they least significant?

  2. How did the power of the Russian Orthodox Church change over time? How did it work to eliminate paganism and foreign influence?

    Did the Tatars affect Russian society and government in a negative or positive way, or both? Give examples.

  3. How did the Domostroi give insight into the everyday life of a wealthy landowner in Medieval Rus’? How affective was the advice in Domostroi to the overall population?

    What events occurred that paved the way to the Time of Troubles? Name and describe the three phases that transpired throughout the Time of Troubles. What negative affects did this time period have on the society of Rus’?

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