Political Science | East European Politics
Y340 | 3719 | Bielasiak


	The breach of the Berlin Wall in 1989 brought forth a new
political euphoria: peace and democracy in the world were the
expected outcomes. But reality proved harsher. In the years since
these dramatic events, East Europe witnessed a bloody war in the
Balkans, the revival of ethnic and national hate in the region, and
the return of former communist parties to power through free
elections.
	To explain these events we look at the communist and post-
communist attempts at building new societies in East Europe in the
post-WW II era.   The first part of the course looks at the
background to and the establishment of communism in Eastern Europe,
and at the major crises faced by communist states and their final
breakdown during the "revolutions of 1989."  The second half of the
course looks at contemporary issues of the transition from communism
to democracy, focusing on political, social, economic and
international factors that facilitate or hinder democratic
consolidation.
	Class sessions consist of lectures, discussions, films and in-
class exercises.  Requirements include two exams, a short paper on
democratic transition, and class participation. Readings will include
a textbook, fictional accounts, and articles on current events.