History | Modern Scandinavia and the Baltic States
B300 | 25701 | Raun

Above section meets with HIST-D 300 and CEUS-U 320

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.   By May 2004 six of these countries will be
members of the European Union.

Written assignments will include an essay on the plays of Ibsen and
Strindberg, a midterm exam, and a comprehensive final exam.  The
exams will be of the essay type.