03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR
Krug Hall 210
Section Information for Fall 2019
In this course, we will explore the “fall of communism” and how the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe have transformed since 1989. What exactly happened in the late 1980s and specifically in 1989? Why did the Soviet Union end? We then turn to the ways that people have sought to survive and create new cultural and political practices within the market relations and commodification in the post-Soviet era. We will explore a wide range of topics, including nationalism, environmentalism, politics, oligarchs, violence, vampires, workers, gender, the self, religion, vacation houses, memory, and socialism today. We will compare experiences across post-Soviet space: Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union (including Central Asia and the Baltics), Cuba, Nicaragua, and Mozambique. We will also consider the United States as part of post-Soviet life. Finally, how do people remember the socialist past? How are they reestablishing relations with the Soviet past to envision their future?
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