This course offers an intensive study of Finnish history in the 20th century, covering political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of development. After a brief look at historical background the course will stress the following topics: Russification and the Revolution of 1905; the establishment of independence and the Civil War; domestic evolution and foreign policy in the interwar era; the Winter War and the Continuation War; postwar foreign policy, especially relations with the USSR/Russia and issue of Finlandization; the postwar economic miracle and the rise of the welfare state; the transformation of Finnish society, including the changing role of women; Finland as a Nordic country and part of Scandinavia; cultural develoments, including literature, art, and music, and Finland in the 1990s, including the impact of membership in the European Union.
Written Assignments: (1) for U320: a midterm and a final exam (both essay) and 5-7-pp. Research paper on a topic of the student’s own choice; (2) for U533: a 6-7-pp. Book review, a 15-pp. Research paper, and a final exam.
Days and Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:15-12:30.