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, as well as the rest of the world, 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-socialist era. We will explore a wide range of topics, including oligarchs, commodification, art, music, criminality, nationalism, civil society, workers, gender, the self, religion, public health, and the environment. Finally, how do people remember the socialist past? How are they thinking about the Soviet past to envision their future?
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