' The are at the present time two great nations in the world which seem to tend toward the same end... I allude to the Russians and Americans...'

Alexis de Tocqueville



What had these two immensely different societies to do with each other?


These and many other questions about the relations between the USA and Russia have come to dominate in the course.


Russian-American relations will be examined in three basic dimensions:

1. Direct interaction between the two nations.

2. Economic-Cultural connections between the two peoples.

3. The position of Russia and the USA within the system of international relations.


The course will be in the framework of interdisciplinary study and includes economics, ethnography, genealogy and historical psychology. Special attention will be paid to the destiny of Russian America and the Russian-American Company.


1. Quantitative and classical methods in studying international relations

2. Analysis of documents and literature

THE BEGINNING, 1775-1815

1. Russian Discovery of the North-West of America

2. The first Russian subjects in the USA and the first American subjects in Russia

THE HARMONY, 1815-1867

1. From the creation of the Holly Alliance to the promulgation of the Monroe Doctrine

2. Along the road towards of agreements and cooperation

3. The USA and Russian Society

4. American slavery and Russian serfdom


1. From friendship to estrangement

2. Between the Spanish-American War and the February Revolution


1. Emergence of Soviet foreign policy

2. New realities
3. On the eve of the Second World War

4. The battle to save civilization

5. The folly of the Cold War


1. Gorbachev's Era

2. Global aspect in Russian-American relations

3. Russia at the crossroads (USA direct investment, value of dollar, etc.)

4. The impact of new technologies on international relations

5. Mutual interests and prerequisites of collaboration





Nikolai N. Bolkhovitinov The Beginning of Russian-American Relations, 1775-1815 (1975); James R. Gibson Imperial Russia in Frontier America: The Changing Geography of Supply of Russian America,1784-1867 (1976), Chapters 1-2; Howard I. Kushner American-Russian Rivalry in the Pacific North-West, 1790-1867 (1975), Chapters 1-10; Petr A. Tikhmenev History of the Russian-American Company (1978), Book 1.

Section 2

Nikolai N. Bolkhovitinov Russian-American Relations, 1815-1832 (1975) Chapter 1,3; Oliver Jensen America and Russia (1962), Part 1[3,4,5]; Thomas A. Bailey America Faces Russia: Russian-American Relations from Early Times to Our Day (1950), Chapters 2,3; William A. Williams American-Russian Relations, 1781-1947 (1952), P. 1-20; Peter Kolchin American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987).

Section 3

Oliver Jensen Ibid., Part 2[7,8]; Nikolai V. Sivachev Russia and the United States (1979), PP.VII-XV, Chapter 1; Jeanette E. Tuve Changing Directions in Russian-American Economical Relations, 1912-1917, Slavic Review 31 (1972); Stanley S. Jades Documents on Russian-American Relations: Washington to Eisenhower (1965), P.8-11; Pauline Tompkins American-Russian Relations in the Far East (1949), P.3-11

Section 4

Richard B. Fisher American Investment in Pre-Soviet Russia, American Slavic and East European Review , 8 (1949), P. 90-105; David R. Francis Russia from the American Embassy, April, 1916-november, 1918 (1921); Peter G. Boyle American-Soviet Relations From the Russian Revolution to the Fall of Communism (1993), P.VII-XIII, 1-29; Ruhl J. Bartlett Record of American Diplomacy: Documents and Readings in the History of American Foreign Relations (1947), P.450-470. Oliver Jensen Ibid., Part 2[9,10,11,12, Epilogue]; Nikolai V. Sivachev Ibid. Parts 3-7,Epilogue; Linda R. Killen The Soviet Union and the United States (1989), P.30-56; Milovan Djilas Conversation with Stalin (1962), P.114; Denna F. Fleming The Cold War and Its Origins, 1917-1960 (1961), P.150-215; Hurry S. Truman Year of Decisions,1945,Vol 1, (1955), P.85,95-96,493; Adam Ulam The Rivals: America and Russia Since the Second World War (1971), P. 230-312.

Section 5

Peter G. Boyle Ibid., Chapters 15-17; Gerald Segal Ending the Cold War, Diplomacy and Statecraft, 1990,Vol.1, No.3 ,P.42; Paul M. Kennedy The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987), P.498-515; Graham E. Fuller Moscow and the Gulf War Foreign Affairs, 1991, Vol.70, No.3; International Harold Tribune 29 November 1987, 27-28 May 1989, 17 November 1989, 12 February 1990, 7 May 1991, 3 June 1991; Denis Pireges A New Planetary Bargain: Toward ecologically Sustainable Social Progress (1996), Global Technopolitics ; James Rosenaua The Scientific Study of Foreign Policy, P. 9-25; Martin O. Heisler Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations in the Modern West, P.21-52 ; Mark W. Zacher with Brent A.Sutton Covering Global Networks. International Regimes for Transportation and Communications (1996), P.5-180; Jeffry A. Frieden and David A. Lake International Political Economy (1995), P. 475-519; Tankred G. Golenopolsky Doing Business in Russia (1995), P. 1-67, 195-206, 233-237; Russian-American dialogue on the history of U.S. political parties / edited by Joel H. Silbey. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 2000. U.S.-Russian relations at the turn of the century : reports of the working groups organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington and the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Moscow. Washington, D.C. : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000.

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