History | The People vs The Emperor
D527 | 2678 | Johnson

MW  4:00P-5:15P BH246

Topic: Nation-making and Imperial Decline in East Central Europe,

Above section meets with D327

The ethnic and social disorder which followed the fall of communism in
some parts of East Central and Southeastern Europe contributed to a
nostalgia for the multi-national Habsburg Empire.  But the reality of that
Empire was somewhat different, as the peoples of the empire began to
define themselves into nations and to challenge the status quo, while the
Habsburg monarchy gradually lost the ability to rule.  This course
examines the last 125 years of the existence of that empire and associated
developments in neighboring lands, including the factors that led to the
empire's dissolution in 1918.  Political, social, economic and cultural
patterns and developments will be examined with special attention to
nationalism.  A chronology will serve as the basic organizing framework
for the class.

Textbooks will be Robert A. Kann's "A History of the Habsburg Empire,"
Alan Sked's "The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire, 1815-1918" and a
special volume of "The Austrian History Yearbook."  In addition, each
student will read and analyze four monographs chosen from a list prepared
by the instructor.

Evaluation: There will be two midterms and a final exam, each primarily in
essay form.  The midterms will each count for about 15% and the final for
about 30% of the course grade.  The remainder of the grade will come from
the essays written about the outside monographs and written summaries of
some of the reading.

Note: The instructor holds a Ph.D. in East European History from the
university of Michigan.  He served four years as director of IU's Russian
and East European Institute.  He is the author of "Slovakia 1918-1938" and
a variety of articles on history and media topics in Eastern Europe.