This course offers a graduate-level introduction to the Baltic states and peoples in the 20th century. We will begin with historical background on the origins of independence in the wake of the Russian Revolution and then focus on three key eras: the interwar independence period, World War II and Soviet rule, and the re-establishment of independence and its aftermath. In addition to political developments, socioeconomic change and cultural life will also receive considerable attention. The approach will be comparative, both chronologically and geographically within the Baltic region. Weekly meetings will be centered on discussion of common readings.
Written Assignments: Written assignments will include a book review (6-7 pp.) and a research paper (15-20 pp.).