History | Eastern Europe: Its Social, Political, and Cultural Revolutions
D300 | 12993 | J. Mickute


This course engages with the history of Eastern Europe from the late
nineteenth century to the twentieth century. The class begins with
the budding nationalisms of the pre-World War I period and ends with
the fall of communism.  With a focus on the twentieth century, this
survey course will cover the major political, social, religious, and
cultural developments and ideologies of twentieth-century Eastern
Europe, with a particular focus on Poland, the Baltic States, the
Czech Republic and Hungary.  We will explore the emergence of a
widely shared and persistent sense of Eastern Europe’s inferiority
to, and difference from, Western Europe.  But we will also identify
and discuss the emergence of many such fault-lines and claims of
backwardness within East European society itself.  By examining
relations between East European nation-states, and between
minorities and their East European host societies, we will thus
challenge the idea of Eastern Europe as a uniform entity.  Against
this backdrop, the class will examine how different societies in
Eastern Europe addressed issues of ethnicity, religion, class, and
gender.