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Moving Borders. A Cultural History of Poland, 1772-2007.

Dr. Mark Keck-Szajbel

BA / MA - Seminar

6/8/9 ECTS

BA-Kulturwissenschaften 1b;
Modul 2/3b: Kulturgeschichte-Vertiefung;
Modul 2/3b: Sozialwissenschaften-Vertiefung;
MEK: WM Mittel- und Osteuropa als kultureller Raum;
MICS, MASS: Wahlmodul Migration, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism; Wahlmodul Culture,
MICS: History and Societies in Central and Eastern Europe; KGMOE Kernmodul Räume – Grenzen - Metropole

Montag und Mittwoch 14.15 - 15.45 Uhr
Block 9. Juni-18. Juli 2014!

Raum: CP 26 (Collegium Polonicum)

Of all the countries in Europe, Poland’s borders have been the most volatile. Starting as the largest European country in the eighteenth century, it had all but vanished by the nineteenth. Inhabitants of the region witnessed all of the great European wars—the Napoleonic Wars, World War I and World War II. Frequently, mass migration or extermination followed the invading armies in Poland. Is it any wonder, then, that one of Poland’s major concerns in 1990 was German reunification? This seminar will focus on the cultural history of Poland’s moving borders. Designed as a six-week compact seminar, the course is part lecture and part seminar: in addition to the historiography of Poland’s moving borders, we will read diaries and newspaper articles, watch films and listen to music. Over the course of the six weeks, we will explore how the border has acted as an agent in Poland’s history and has impacted its society and culture.  

Davies, Norman. God's Playground: A History of Poland: in Two Volumes. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.
Gross, Jan Tomasz. Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz : An Essay in Historical Interpretation. New York: Random House, 2006.
Snyder, Timothy. Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. New York: Basic Books, 2010.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung:
This seminar is open to everyone, but is designed as one element of the Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies’ Summer School. It meets twice a week. Since it is a compact seminar, unexcused absences will not be tolerated. Please plan ahead.

Leistungsnachweis: Exam und kurze Essays oder Hausarbeit

Advanced knowledge of English. This class will be full, and there is limited seating available. Register BEFORE the start of the seminar at No exceptions.

Sprache: English