History | Modern Scandinavia and Baltic States
B300 | 2981 | Raun


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above section meets with HIST D300 and CEUS U320
B300:  REEI graduate students register for REEI R500

This course offers a comparative survey of Scandinavian and Baltic
history since the beginning of the 19th century.  It focuses on eight
countries (Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia,
Latvia, and Lithuania) that are small in population (under 32 million
in the year 2000), but who are today key players in the vibrant
Baltic Sea area, which is taking important steps toward new forms of
regional
integration.  The contribution of the Nordic countries to modern
European development has been significantly out of proportion to
their
modest numbers.  Note, for example, their role in the emergence of
the welfare state, neutrality in foreign policy, women’s movements,
and culture (literature, painting, architecture, music, film, and
design, to name only certain major areas).  In the 20th century they
also became models of political stability and democracy.  For
comparative purposes we
will also discuss the development of the Baltic states, who
culturally–in many ways–belong with Scandinavia, but whose political
history is
contrasting.  With the restoration of Baltic independence in 1991 the
concept of  “Baltoscandia” has reemerged, and we are witnessing a
growing integration of the entire Baltic Sea region.   Three of these
countries are already members of the European Union, and several
others are likely to join soon.