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History of Eastern Europe: 1900 to the Present (Introduction)

Dr. Mark Keck-Szajbel 

Montag, 9.15 - 10.45 Uhr
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 10.10.2016
Ort: Postgebäude Stephansaal
BA-Seminar: Kulturwissenschaften-/Kulturgeschichte-Einführung, 6 ECTS

Of all the regions in the world, East Central Europe has arguably witnessed the most dramatic changes during the twentieth century. In that century, common experiences of national revivals, world wars, precarious interwar democracies, totalitarian rule, globalization and a “return to Europe” provide the region with a very tenuous unity that demands deeper analysis. In this seminar, which is understood as an introduction, we will explore the histories of the countries between Russia and Germany, as well as between the Baltic and the Balkans. While primarily a course in history, we will use the tools of multiple disciplines—from literary studies to musicology—to gain a deeper understanding of this dynamic region. Now seen as a region of relative economic growth and cultural acceptance, we will dig into the often dark history of a region which has yet to fully gain parity with the West.

Literatur: Rothschild, Joseph. East Central Europe between the Two World Wars; Rothschild, Joseph. Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe Since World War II.

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Regular attendance, short assignments

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: Since readings will be overwhelmingly in English, fluency in English is a requirement. Students must enroll by October 3 at! No exceptions!

Leistungsnachweis: Oral exam and short assignments

Sprache: English