History | Modern Scandinavia and Baltic States
D300 | 2985 | Raun


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

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.