History | Modernism & Modernity in East Central Europe
H620 | 16985 | M. Shore

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section meets with WEUR-W 605

This course will attempt to answer the question: what is
modernity?   The readings will be primarily secondary sources.
Among the questions to be discussed: Why do historians traditionally
begin modernity with the French Revolution?  Did modernity come to
Eastern Europe (and Russia) “late”?  If so, what were the
implications of such?  What is the relationship between modernity
and modernism, modernity and modernization? What is the relationship
between modernity and totalitarianism?  How does Eastern Europe
emerge in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a liminal space
between Western Europe and Russia?  More specific topics will
include art, terror, ethnic cleansing, Marxism, psychoanalysis,
antisemitism, revolution, and phenomenology.  Books will include,
among others, Yuri Slezkine, "The Jewish Century"; Maria
Bucur, "Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar Romania"; Mary
Gluck, "Popular Bohemia: Modernism and Urban Culture in 19th c.
Paris"; Norman Naimark, "Fires of Hatred"; Marshall Berman, "All
That is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity"; Carl
Schorske, "Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture"; and Tony
Judt, "Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945."  Course
requirements include attendance at all meetings, two book reviews
(one in "American Historical Review style," one in "Times Literary
Supplement" style), and a final essay/historiographical paper of 15-
20 pages.