History | Eastern Europe: 1944-Present
D330 | 2989 | Shore


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

TOPIC:  TO DANCE (OR NOT TO DANCE) WITH STALIN:  EASTERN EUROPE
UNDER COMMUNISM 1944-1989

This is the follow-up lecture course to D300 (“The Trouble with
Being Born”: Eastern Europe in the First Half of the Twentieth
Century), but D300 is NOT a prerequisite for D330.  The course
begins inside the Second World War, when the interwar years have
decisively come to an end, but no one yet knows what is to follow.
We will then explore the history of Eastern Europe from
the “liminal” years immediately following the end of the war,
through the Stalinist period, the post-Stalin “Thaw,” the emergence
of “revisionist” Marxism, “normalization” and dissent, and finally
the revolutions of 1989.  Within this narrative, topics will include
the bloody Stalinist show trials, the Tito-Stalin split, the failed
Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Prague Spring of 1968, the reign
of Ceaucescu in Romania, and the flowering of samizdat and dissident
culture in the 1970s and 1980s.  Books include Joseph Rothschild and
Nancy Wingfield, Return to Diversity; Gale Stokes, From Stalinism to
Pluralism; Milan Kundera, The Joke; and Heda Margolius Kovàly, Under
a Cruel Star.  There will be a midterm, a final exam, and two
writing assignments responding to the reading.