HIS 362G • EASTERN EUROPE IN THE 20TH CEN
In the twentieth century, Eastern Europe, a region which stretched from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Balkans in the south, became the site of many of Europe's fiercest military and ideological struggles. In this period, the people of Eastern Europe experienced not only the horrors of two destructive world wars, but also the collapse of four empires, the rise of independent nation-states, the emergence of communism and fascism, the killing and relocation of entire populations, the establishment of socialist states, and the attempts to overcome the division between Europes East and West towards the end of century. In addition to secondary readings, wee will be exploring this turbulent period in the history of Eastern Europe through documents, memoirs, journalistic essays, and film.
Class Attendance and Participation (10%) Map Quiz (5%) Response Essay (2 pages) (10%) In-Class Midterm (10%) Kovály Essay (3 pages) (20%) Drakuli? essay (3 pages) (20%) Final Exam (25%)
Slavenka Drakuli?, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992) Heda Margolius Kovály, Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968 (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1997) Joseph Rothschild and Nancy M. Wingfield, Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since World War II (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007) Joe Sacco, Safe Area Gorade: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995 (Fantagraphics Books, 2002) Gale Stokes, ed., From Stalinism to Pluralism: A Documentary History of Eastern Europe Since 1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996) Sylvia Welner and Kevin Welner, Small Doses of Arsenic: A Bohemian Woman's Story of Survival (Hamilton Books, 2005)