The Baltic States since 1908
This course offers a graduate-level introduction to the Baltic states and peoples in the twentieth century. The approach will be comparative both chronologically and geographically within the Baltic region. We will also view the Baltic states in the larger context of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the Russian Empire/Soviet Union. Three main periods are covered: the interwar independence era, Soviet rule, and the reestablishment of independence and its aftermath, 1987-2007. In addition to political developments, socioeconomic change, and cultural life will receive considerable attention.
Weekly meetings will be centered on discussion of common readings. The requirements of the class are as follows: (1) a 15-20-pp. research paper, due December 13; (2) a 6-7-pp. book review on a significant work on Baltic history, due October 23; (3) a 20-minute oral book review on the work reviewed in (2) above, and (4) a 20-30-minute oral report on the subject of the research paper at the final class meeting. Students will be evaluated as follows: research paper--45%, book review--20%, and oral work (including the oral book review and report)--35%.