History | Eastern Europe in the 20th Century
D328 | 2844 | Bucur


Above section carries culture studies credit
Above section open to undergraduates only

TOPIC:  FROM THE IRON CURTAIN TO THE VELVET REVOLUTION

The Communist experiment failed in Eastern Europe.  But the history
of this experiment had a lasting impact on our contemporary world.
This course will take you through a journey that will uncover the
origins of communism in Eastern Europe, the early period of brutal
take-over and Stalinization, and the attempts to reform communism in
this area.  The fall of communism and the ensuing battles for
privatization, democratization, and the Wars in Yugoslavia will
constitute the last part of this course.  We will look at both the
political institutions that shaped communist and post-communist
eastern Europe, as well as the important social and cultural
developments that took place during this period.  The course will
include 2 in-class debates on the communist takeovers and the
Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, several movies, as well as 2 novels