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Padraic Kenney Department of History University of Colorado, Boulder email@example.com
History 4613 - University of Colorado at Boulder Eastern Europe to World War I Instructor: Padraic Kenney Summer 1995
EASTERN EUROPE TO WORLD WAR I
This course will examine the development of modern nations and states in Eastern Europe from the late medieval era to World War I. The course will stress two main themes: first, the issue of 'backwardness': why is Eastern Europe less developed than Western Europe, and in what way? Second, we will explore the development of national and political consciousness among the people of Eastern Europe. In other words, how did people who 200 years ago did not even think of themselves as Poles, Romanians, or Bosnians come to value their nations so highly? We will consider the role of social and political forces within and outside Eastern Europe. Grading: Short papers, 10% each; class participation*, 10%; midterm examination, 15%; final examination, 25%; term paper, 30%. See separate handout for paper assignments. *Class participation. Since this is a small class, I expect that you will be an active participant. This means, among other things, having read the assigned reading before the class period. Required Reading: There are three textbooks and two primary sources (one novel, one memoir). All except the last will be on reserve. Wandycz, The Price of Freedom Chirot, ed., The Origins of Backwardness in Eastern Europe Sugar and Lederer, eds., Nationalism in Eastern Europe Andric, Bridge on the Drina Slomka, From Serfdom to Self-Government: Memoirs of a Polish Village Mayor (xerox ) Extensions on the paper or the exams will only be granted by prior arrangement, and only due to a documented family or medical emergency. If the paper is turned in late, or an exam made up late, without prior arrangement, one full grade will be deducted every day; papers turned in on the day due but after class will also lose one full grade. No assignment may be made up more than one week after the original due date. You must complete all assignments to pass this class. Lectures PART ONE: OLD EASTERN EUROPE Mon., June 5: Introduction: Themes, purposes, and methods. What is Eastern Europe? Tues., 6.6: The people and the lands of Eastern Europe. Origins of East European cultures. Reading: Wandycz, Introduction. Wed., 6.7: Discussion: What is 'backwardness?' Reading: Chirot, "Causes and Consequences of Backwardness" (in Chirot) Thurs., 6.8: Early modern society and economy; feudalism. Reading: Gunst, "Agrarian Systems of Central and Eastern Europe (in Chirot); Wandycz, ch. 1. Fri., 6.9: Imperial Rule in Eastern Europe: Russian, Prussian, Habsburg, and Ottoman Empires. Reading: Wandycz, chs. 2-3; Andric. Mon., 6.12: The Enlightenment and western culture in Northeast Europe. Poland's noble democracy. Reading: Wandycz, ch. 4. First paper due in class. Tues., 6.13: Mythmaking and the search for a usable past. Reading/film/discussion in class. Reading: Lelewel, Sienkiewicz (handout). PART TWO: RISE OF NATIONALISM Wed., 6.14: Nationalism: definitions and development. Reading: Sugar, "External and Domestic Roots" (Sugar/Lederer); Wandycz, ch. 5. Thurs., 6.15: Midterm exam in class. Fri., 6.16: Poland's uprisings, 1830-1864. Why were they undertaken, and why did they fail? Reading: Brock, "Polish Nationalism" (Sugar/Lederer) Mon., 6.19: Nations in the Habsburg Empire: Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks. Reading: "Hungary"; "Nationalism in Czechoslovakia" (Sugar/Lederer) Tues., 6. 20: The Balkans to 1878, I: Habsburg Croatia and Ottoman Serbia. Bosnia. Reading: "Nationlism and the Yugoslavs"(Sugar/Lederer); Andric. Wed., 6.21: The Balkans to 1878, II: Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia. Reading: "Bulgarian Nationalism", "Romanian Nationalism" (Sugar/Lederer) Thurs., 6.22: Jews and Jewish nationalism in Eastern Europe. Fri., 6.23: The emancipation of the peasantry. The question of backwardness revisited: can Eastern Europe modernize? Reading: From Serfdom, 1-147. Mon., 6.26: In-class prepared group discussion/review. Special lecture / discussion / debate: Nationalism, backwardness, and present conflicts. Second paper due in class. PART THREE: BUILDING THE NATION-STATES: Society and Politics. Tues., 6.27: Social change and politics in the late nineteenth century. Reading: Stokes, "Social Origins of East European Politics" (in Chirot) Wed., 6.28: The rise of political parties, 1880-1900: Poland, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians. Reading: Wandycz, ch. 6. Thurs., 6.29: Socialism: its origins in Eastern Europe. Socialism and nationalism. Reading: From Serfdom, 148-246. Fri., 6.30: The establishment of the Balkan states, 1878-1908. Mon., July 3: Countdown to World War I: the Balkan wars; Bosnia; tensions in the north. Tues., 7.4: No class. Celebrate American Nationalism. Wed., 7.5: Conclusion: World War I and the fall of the imperial system. Review of semester. Final paper due in class. Final Exam: Thursday-Friday, July 6-7, 9:15-10:50 AM, in Hellems 247.
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