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Russian studies is an interdisciplinary field crossing
politics Politics (from , ) is the set of activities that are associated with Decision-making, making decisions in Social group, groups, or other forms of Power (social and political), power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of res ...
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history History (from Greek#REDIRECT Greek Greek may refer to: Greece Anything of, from, or related to Greece Greece ( el, Ελλάδα, , ), officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country located in Southeast Europe. Its population is approxima ...
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culture Culture () is an umbrella term which encompasses the social behavior and Norm (social), norms found in human Society, societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, Social norm, customs, capabilities, and habits of the individuals i ...
,
economics Economics () is a social science that studies the Production (economics), production, distribution (economics), distribution, and Consumption (economics), consumption of goods and services. Economics focuses on the behaviour and interact ...
, and
languages A language is a structured system of communication Communication (from Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language A classical language is a language A language is a structured system of communication Communicatio ...
of Russia and its neighborhood, often grouped under
Soviet and Communist studiesSoviet and Communist studies is the field of historical studies of the Soviet Union and other Communist states as well as of Communist parties such as the Communist Party USA that existed or still exist in some form in many countries, inside or outs ...
. Russian studies should not be confused with the study of the
Russian literature Russian literature refers to the literature of Russia Russia ( rus, link=no, Россия, Rossiya, ), or the Russian Federation, is a country spanning Eastern Europe Eastern Europe is the eastern region of . There is no consistent ...
or linguistics, which is often a distinct department within universities. Russian studies has become increasingly common in universities. In university, a Russian studies
major Major is a military rank Military ranks are a system of hierarchical A hierarchy (from the Greek: , from , 'president of sacred rites') is an arrangement of items (objects, names, values, categories, etc.) in which the items are repre ...
includes many cultural classes teaching Russian politics, history,
geography Geography (from Ancient Greek, Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena of the Earth and Solar System, planets. The first person t ...
, linguistics,
Russian language Russian (, tr. ''russkiy yazyk'') is an East Slavic language The East Slavic languages constitute one of the three regional subgroups of Slavic languages The Slavic languages, also known as the Slavonic languages, are Indo-European lang ...
, literature, and arts. Mysticism and
folklore Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the tradition A tradition is a belief A belief is an attitude Attitude may refer to: Philosophy and psychology * Attitude (psycholog ...
is commonly studied, introduction of
Christianity Christianity is an Abrahamic The Abrahamic religions, also referred to collectively as the world of Abrahamism and Semitic religions, are a group of Semitic-originated religion Religion is a social system, social-cultural system of ...

Christianity
, rule under the tsars and expansion of
Russian empire The Russian Empire, . commonly referred to as Imperial Russia, was a historical empire that extended across Eurasia and North America from 1721, succeeding the Tsardom of Russia following the Treaty of Nystad that ended the Great Northern War. ...
, later rule under communism,
history of the Soviet Union The history of Soviet union and the Soviet Union reflects a period of change for both Russia and the world. Though the terms "Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic#Early years (1917–1920), Soviet Russia" and "Soviet Union" often are s ...
, and its collapse and studies about present-day Russia.


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Area studies Area studies (also regional studies) are interdisciplinary fields of research and scholarship pertaining to particular geography, geographical, national/Federal government, federal, or culture, cultural regions. The term exists primarily as a gen ...
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Kremlinology Kremlinology is the study and analysis of the politics and policies of the Soviet Union while Sovietology is the study of politics and policies of both the Soviet Union and former Communist states more generally. These two terms were synonymous unt ...
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List of Russian studies centersThe following is a list of academic research centers devoted to Russian studies, or Slavic studies, encompassing the area of the former Soviet Union, sometimes referred to as Eurasia: # Arizona State University The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian ...
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Russian culture The culture of the Russians , native_name_lang = ru , image = , caption = Wedding ceremony in the national Russian tradition. , population = 134 million , popplace = 117,319,000 , region1 ...
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Slavic studies Slavic studies (North America), Slavonic studies (Britain and Ireland) or Slavistics (borrowed from Russian ''славистика'' or Polish ''slawistyka'') is the academic field An academic discipline or academic field is a subdivision of kn ...
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Byzantine studies Byzantine studies is an interdisciplinary branch of the humanities Humanities are List of academic disciplines, academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture. In the Renaissance, the term contrasted with Divinity (aca ...


External links


Russian Studies at Petrozavodsk State University

Russian Studies / University of Helsinki
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