History | Eastern Europe in the 20th Century
D328 | 2767 | Bucur-Deckard

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
	Above section open to undergraduates only
	A portion of the above section reserved for majors
	Above section meets with REEI R500


This course will take you on a journey through the strange and
fascinating lands of Eastern Europe.  We will trace the main
narratives that tell the story of the changes experienced by Poles,
Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Serbs, Slovenes,
Croats, Bosnians, Macedonians, Albanians, Greeks, Turks, Jews and
Gypsies in an area that was often a mixing bowl, seldom a melting
pot, and in a few cases a time bomb.  History has weighed heavily on
the memory and cultural as well as political identity of these
groups.  This is still the case today, not only in the former
Yugoslavia, but also in Greece, Romania, or Poland.  This course has
as its aim to introduce you to some of the important themes in the
past of these people, focusing first on the important political
events in Eastern Europe over this century, from the creation of
these national states to the take-over of the Communist regimes.  We
will also investigate the important changes in social relations in
this region, which define Eastern Europe not only as an area with its
own particularities, but also as a place that still had important
connections with the rest of the European continent.  Our discussion
will focus on the changing relations between the various classes,
from peasants to the emerging entrepreneurial classes, on relations
within the family, and on the very re-definitions of the public and
private spheres, especially during the second half of this century.
Our exploration of the cultural developments in this area will also
bring out the important connections with the rest of Europe, as well
as the unique features in the development of literature, music,
theater, film, and other forms of cultural creativity.  In the end,
the course has as its aim to bring Eastern Europe into the greater
picture of European history through this tumultuous century.

There will be a midterm (15%) and final examination (35%), papers
(25%), and in-class participation (35%).  Classroom participation
will be evaluated based on my observation of your performance and
your contribution to the in-class assignments, which will be
connected primarily to the readings in the packet from Mr. Copy’s.

Readings:  R.J. Crampton, “Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century
and After,” Milan Kundera, “The Joke,” J. Hasek, “The Good Soldier
Sveik,” and a readings packet from Mr. Copy’s.