The Phoenix & the Firebird: Russia in Global Perspective

Welcome! This site is associated with Societies of the World 52 (Harvard University, Spring 2014).


From the Middle East to the Pacific rim, Russia is re-emerging as a major player on the world stage. Russia has transitioned in significant ways since the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union ("the evil empire"), just as it did during the tumultuous aftermath of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution that ended a 300-year imperial dynasty. Through in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of six key themes with contemporary as well as historical resonance (conquest, political terror, the environment, commerce, imaginative representations, and mobility), we investigated the evolving concept of "Russianness" in a global context. 

Our work for the course included 4 digital assignments, plus a final project. The results are on display here. Each page includes a brief description of the relevant assignment. Please note also that this is an Omeka-powered site, which means that you can - and should! - mine down through each project to the Items that serve as building blocks. The Items contain all necessary citation information (as well as other goodies). 

Course Staff

Professor Julie Buckler (Slavic)

Professor Kelly O’Neill (History)

Eda Ozel, Digital Teaching Fellow

Gleb Sidorkin, Teaching Fellow