History of the Russian Revolutions: St. Petersburg in 1900 - 1917

In this course students become familiar with the one of the most important periods of Russian and world history. The 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution of 1917 showed how relevant this topic is and that it still has an impact on modern states. The best experts help you to understand a complicated phenomenon of the revolutionary process, they acquaint with the most important events of this period and deconstruct the myths about 1917 that are most often encountered. The course helps better understand modern Russia.

Admission information

Place of study: ETU "LETI", Department of the History of Culture, State and Law

Language: English 

Duration: 2 weeks

Summer School: 4 July – 15 July, 2022

Winter School: 24 January – 04 February, 2022

Outcome: ETU "LETI" certificate, 4 ECTS

Requirements: English language proficiency at a level not lower than Intermediate

Deadlines for Summer Schools: 
1. No visa is required/the applicant is in possession of a Russian visa – June 15, 2022
2. European Union citizens – June 10, 2022
3. A Russian visa is required – May 20, 2022

Deadlines for Winter Schools: 
1. No visa is required/the applicant is in possession of a Russian visa – January, 13 2022
2. European Union citizens – December 14, 2021
3. Russian visa is required – November 18, 2021

Tuition fees:

25000 RUR

∼360-380 USD

∼320-330 Euro

 Winter School

30000 RUR

∼450-470 USD

∼400-420 Euro

Summer School

includes training, excursion program, study materials, migration support. 

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Key points

  1. This seasonal school gives students the opportunity to talk with specialists in the history of the Revolution of 1917;
  2. In St. Petersburg there are a number of objects related to the history of the 1917 Revolution. Students will visit the most important of them;
  3. The course of the seasonal school allows to develop the skills of critical thinking, discussioning, to acquire skills in Russian language and professional historical terminology;
  4. As part of the seasonal school, students will receive recommendations for further study of the subject;
  5. Seasonal school teachers have a great lecture experience and speak English at a high level;
  6. Material equipment "LETI" allows to provide interactive education.


Module 1 - Russian Empire at the beginning of XX century

The task of this module is to acquaint with the peculiarities of the development of the Russian empire by the beginning of the XX century. Particular emphasis will be placed on the political structure of the state, its economic development, on the the society of this period, as well as the national question.

Module 2 - First Russian Revolution, 1905-1907

In this module students will learn the causes of the revolutionary crisis that developed by 1905. The question of what makes the events of 1905-1907 a revolution, its particular characteristics and the reasons for the end will be discussed. Also will be examined the question of the experience of the first legislative body in the Russian empire.

Module 3 - Russia in the First World War

This module is dedicated to Russia's participation in the first global conflict. The issues of the reasons for participation in the First World War, the situation at the front and in the rear are analyzed.

Module 4 - February Revolution of 1917

Within this module it is planned to analyze the reasons for the overthrow of the autocracy in February 1917, as well as the peculiarities of the political system established after the revolution. The main political crises of the period between February and October 1917 are analyzed.

Module 5 - October Revolution of 1917

In the last module students will learn about the causes of the new revolutionary crisis and the first events of the new government. They will understand the question of the events in the end of 1917 can be called a social revolution, and not the seizure of power by a small political group.

About schools

Winter schools 2020

Opening of winter schools 2020

Summer schools 2019

Opening of the summer schools 2019

Winter schools 2019

About the Department

The department of the History of Culture, State and Law has a long history. The teaching of history and other social sciences was introduced at the Electrotechnical Institute in 1921. In recent times, members of the department are lecturing courses in such disciplines as “History”, “Jurisprudence”, “Cultural Studies”, “Religious Studies”, “World Culture: History and Modernity”. The discipline for the choice of students "World culture of the XX century" has been developed and enjoys the continued interest. The department regularly holds intercollegiate scientific conferences in which scientists and university professors from different cities of Russia and the CIS countries take part.

Renat A. Yalyshev

Program coordinator

Ph.D. in Historical Science

Vladimir V. Kalashnikov

Doctor of Historical Science, Professor

Konstantin A. Tarasov

Ph.D. in Historical Science






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