History | To Dance (or not to Dance) with Stalin: Eastern Europe under Communism, 1944-1989
D330 | 16899 | Shore


Above section carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only
Above class meets with REEI-R 500

This is the follow-up lecture course to D300 (The Trouble with Being
Born: Eastern Europe in the First Half of the Twentieth Century),
although D300 is not a prerequisite.  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"; and Heda Margolius Kovàly, "Under a Cruel Star".
There will be a midterm, a final exam, and two interpretive writing
assignments based on a wide variety of both primary and secondary
sources.  Exams and assignments will encourage students to develop
their analytical skills and their ability to articulate themselves
in writing.