HY 2043 - EAST CENTRAL EUROPE
(c.1800 - Present)
Lecturer : D. I. Loizos
History Office : DC 532
Office Hours : MWF 12:00-13:00
Burks, R.V. East European History: An Ethnic Approach (on reserve)
Halecki, Oscar. Borderlands of Western Civilization (on reserve)
Jelavich, Barbara. History of the Balkans. 2 vols.
Rothschild, Joseph. East Central Europe between the Two W. Wars.
Rothschild, Joseph. Return to Diversity: A Political History of East Central Europe since WWII.
Various articles on reserve in the Library. Reading assignments of material on reserve will be announced in class.
Week Lecture Theme & Reading Assignments
1 The Geographical & Ethnographic Background
The Slavs & their neighbors: The nationality problem
Burks, East European History: An Ethnic Approach.
2 The Partitions of Poland & the Eastern Question.
Napoleon & the Rise of National Consciousness
Halecki, ch. 15, 16
End of October: Titles of Reports & Bibliographies, Titles, Outlines
& Bibliographies of Research Papers Due
3 The Awakening of Balkan & East European nationalities
Independent Balkan States
Jelavich, Vol 1: 171-204, 235-254, 287-300
Halecki, 298-303, 308-313, 323-328
4 The Age of Irredentism & Capitalism
The "ausgleich" and its aftermath
Jelavich, Ch. 6, 335-377, Vol 2: ch. 1, 2.
5 East Central Europe on the Eve of WWI
Jelavich, Vol 2: ch 3,
October [exact date to be announced]: Mid-Term Test
Early November [exact date to be announced]: Map Quiz
6 WWI & East Central Europe
Jelavich, Vol 2: 106-126
7 Post WWI Reorganization of East Central Europe
8 The peoples of East Central Europe Between the Wars
The Political System of Independent Eastern Europe
International Relations Between the Wars
[Topics discussed as a whole & by country]
Rothschild, Between WW, Ch 2-9
9 WWII & the Conquest of East Europe
The Resistance Movement
Stalin & Tito
Rothschild, Return to Diversity, Ch 2-4
10 Attempts of Deviation from the Soviet style of Communism
The Collapse of the Soviet Regime and its impact upon ECE
Problems & Prospects
Rothschild, Return to Diversity, Ch 5, 6.
Early December: Reports & Research Papers Due
All assignments will be submitted in both electronic (computer diskette) and printed form (printed copy).
Students have to choose ONE of the following options:
You can write an essay on a specific historical topic for this course. You should give the professor a sheet with the title, an outline, and bibliography along with your full name and course title. In the report, you must examine the validity of a historical hypothesis or narrate (using a thesis statement) a specific event that HAS NOT been discussed in class. For ideas, have a look at the suggested topics for papers below and consult with your professor. The report should be no more than 6 double spaced pages long (1,500 words). A typed copy must be submitted.
First look at the suggested topics below and then narrow down one of them or use one of your own. For a complete guide on papers in history please see on permanent reserve in the library: D. I. Loizos, The Research Paper in History. Follow the instructions in the guide for a good paper. The length of a paper depends on the topic. Papers should be submitted in TWO copies (diskette and print out) and will be presented in class. For some guidance concerning presentations ask for the sheet: Presentations in History Classes.
GRADING POLICY & IMPORTANT NOTES
All topics are subject to professor's approval.
You cannot make up your mind about the Report or the Research Paper after the day titles and outlines are due.
If you deliver your assignment after the day it is due, your grade on it will be lowered by one letter grade for every day of delay. If you fail to present your Paper or it is not typed, your grade on it will be lowered by one letter grade
Mid-Term = 30%
Final = 40%
Map Quiz = 10%
Written Assignment = 20%
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SUGGESTED RESEARCH PAPER TOPICS
HY 2043 ? EAST CENTRAL EUROPE TODAY
1. The diplomacy of the partitions of Poland in the 18th century
2. The assassination at Serajevo.
3. Causes for the decline of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th
4. Military technology & tactics in the 18th & 19th century
5. The administrative system of the Dual Monarchy
6. The role of a personality relating to the period covered by this
7. The rural society in the Balkans in the 19th century
8. The Young Turk revolt in 1908 and its impact on the Balkans
9. The Polish question in the 1980s
11. Nationalities in Austria?Hungary
12. Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Rumania, Poland, Hungary,
Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
13. Economies of East European countries under the Communists
14. New Governments in ex-communist East Europe
15. The New United Germany
16. Havel & Czechoslovakia
17. Tsaousesko's rule in Romania
18. The dismemberment of Yugoslavia
19. The rule of Tito in Yugoslavia
20. The rule of Zhivkov in Bulgaria
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