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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2008

HIS 362G • Ethnic Cleansing / Genocide Modern Europe-W

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Course Description

During the twentieth-century, Europe's political and social structures underwent tremendous changes. At the opening of the century, four sprawling multi-ethnic Empires dominated the continent; at its close, Europe consisted of a series of generally ethnically homogenous states. This transformation was made possible through ethnic cleansing and genocide. In both of these processes, national minorities were targeted for expulsion, forced deportations and even mass murder. This class will examine several of the more important cases of ethnic cleansing and genocide in modern Europe: the Turkish genocide of Armenians; the exchange of populations between Greece and Turkey; the German Holocaust of European Jewry; the Soviet Unions handling of national minority groups during the Stalinist period; the expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe in the immediate post-Second World War era; and the Yugoslavian Civil War of the 1990s. A comparison of the causes and results of these separate events will be made as will how these policies were carried out, both at an administrative and a local level.

Grading Policy

Discussion, including five 1 page reaction papers, is worth 25% of the final grade. One 3-4 page critical


Benjamin Lieberman, Terrible Fate: Ethnic Cleansing in the Making of Modern Europe Norman M. Naimark, Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe Eric D. Weitz, A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation Götz Aly and Susanne Heim, Architects of Annihilation: Auschwitz and the Logic of Destruction


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