One hundred years after the 1917 Russian Revolution, historian Newell Boyd explores the rulers who reigned in the final century of the Romanov dynasty, including Catherine the Great, Alexander I, Alexander II and the ill-fated Nicholas II and his family.
One hundred years after the 1917 Russian Revolution, historian Newell Boyd, Ph.D., explores the panoply of personalities who reigned in the final century of the Romanov dynasty. While the family rule began with Michael Romanov in 1613, this course commences with the reign of Catherine II (the Great) at the time when the dynasty began a regular pattern of succession. Particular attention is devoted to the lives of Catherine, Alexander I, Alexander II and the ill-fated Nicholas II and his family. Although autocratic rule is disparaged in contemporary times, the lives and exploits of these Russian autocrats continue to be endlessly fascinating to modern students.
Newell Boyd, Ph.D., is a semi-retired professor of history whose primary teaching field is Victorian Britain and the British Empire. He is also an instructor for the Master of Liberal Studies program at Rice University and has been published in a variety of books and scholarly journals in the field of British history. He has published two historical novels on the lives of Joseph Chamberlain and John Ruskin. Dr. Boyd holds a doctorate in history from Texas Tech University and has done post-doctoral research at the University of London, Birmingham University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and is a member of England’s Society of Authors and the Royal Historical Society.
Term: Fall 2017
Start Date: Sept. 28, 2017
End Date: Nov. 16, 2017
Schedule: 2–3:30 p.m.
Length: Eight Thursdays
Location: Rice campus
Early Registration: $215 if registering by Sept. 14
Rice Alumni: $203
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