Section Information for Spring 2017
Of all the many forces buffeting the countries of Eastern Europe in the 20th century, none has been more important to the shaping of the history of this region than nationalism. In this course we will focus on four historical periods -- the creation of new national states in the early 20th century, the Fascist period (1925-1945), the Communist era (1945-1989) and the years since the collapse of the Communist regimes in 1989. By concentrating on the history of nationalism in the region, we will be able to examine the cultural, political, economic, and religious history of the peoples of Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Examines history of modern Eastern Europe from mid-19th century through collapse of communist regimes in 1989, and includes focus on Yugoslav wars of 1990s. Nationalism provides organizing theme; topic approached through literature, political, social, cultural, and new media sources. Class sessions emphasize discussion of central issues and sources.