West European Studies | Where Is East? Redefining East and West in the New Europe
W406 | 0682 | Metzo


This course examines the reinterpretation of history and culture
during post-Cold War Europe, giving particular emphasis to the ways
in which definitions of Eastern and Western Europe are renegotiated
in relationship to the European Union and the Russian Federation.
Understanding the ways in which divisions of East, West and Central
have been used in Europe to historically create and dissolve
political alliances is critical to this endeavor.  “Where is East?”
also brings into questions boundary setting as a process by examining
political processes of reunification, “divorce,” and ethnic
cleansing, social issues of discrimination, gender, and religion, and
economic factors, such as migration and poverty.  Throughout,
historical and ethnographic models frame the inquiry.