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HISTORY 4973, sect. 2
Spring semester 1994 Dr. Gary Cohen Office hours: 314 Dale Tower Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-10:15 a.m., ph. 325-6352 or Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m., 325-6002 (sec.) Wednesdays, 12:45-1:20 p.m., and by appointment The following required books are available in paperback and are recommended Judy Batt, EAST CENTRAL EUROPE FROM REFORM TO TRANSFORMATION (Council on Foreign Relations, 1991) J. F. Brown, SURGE TO FREEDOM: THE END OF COMMUNIST RULE IN EASTERN EUROPE (Duke Univ. Press, 1991) Charles Gati, THE BLOC THAT FAILED (Indiana Univ. Press, 1990) Lyman H. Legters, ed., EASTERN EUROPE: TRANSFORMATION & REVOLUTION, 1945- 1991 (D. C. Heath, 1992) Joseph Rothschild, RETURN TO DIVERSITY, 2nd ed. (Oxford Univ. Press, 1993) The required readings also include a small group of articles, which are available from the circulation desk at the University Library Topics and Reading Assignments for Each Class Meeting Week 1 - Jan 12 - INTRODUCTION Week 2 - Jan 19 - EASTERN EUROPE IN THE 2Oth CENTURY: FRAGMENTATION AND DEPENDENCE Rothschild, Return to Diversity, pp. 3-75. Week 3 - Jan 26 - COMMUNISM IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: THE SOVIET AND EAST EUROPEAN EXPERIENCES Rothschild, Return, pp. 76-146; Gati, Bloc that Failed, preface & pp. 3-28 Europe, pp. 1-19, 65-84. Week 4 - Feb 2 - LEGITIMACY, STABILITY, & CRISES IN COMMUNIST EASTERN EUROPE Rothschild, Return, pp. 147-190; Gati, Bloc, pp. 29-62; Legters, Eastern Europe, pp. 19-23, 115-34, 150-67, 182-92, 206-22, 235-47. Week 5 - Feb 9 - PROBLEMS OF ECONOMY AND SOCIETY Rothschild, Return, pp. 191-211; Batt, East Central Europe, pp. 1-21; pp. 85-101, 193-205, 223-226, 231-234, 248-295; Joni Lovenduski and Jean Woodall, Politics and Society in Eastern Europe, pp. 183-192 (XEROX in packet) Week 6 - Feb 16 - DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH: SOME TIPS Week 7 - Feb 23 - IMMOBILE REGIMES AND POPULAR DISCONTENT Rothschild, Return, pp. 211-25; Gati, Bloc, pp. 65-157; Legters, Eastern Europe, pp. 24-49, 135-144, 352-364, 395-405; V clav Havel, Living in Truth, pp. 41-43, 50-59, 62-63, 76-77, 84-88 (XEROX). Week 8 - Mar 2 - DISINTEGRATION IN POLAND AND HUNGARY: THE EMERGENCE OF CIVIL SOCIETY Rothschild, Return, pp. 226-234, 238-244; Batt, East Central Europe, pp. 22-37; Brown, Surge to Freedom, pp. 1-123; Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions, pp. 3-43 (XEROX); Legters, Eastern Europe, pp. 299- 321, 426-453; Week 9 - Mar 16 - DEAD-END OF THE HARDLINERS: EAST GERMANY AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA Rothschild, Return, pp. 234-38; Batt, East Central Europe, pp. 38-42; Brown and Legters, Eastern Europe, pp. 345-51, 364-77, 406-416. Week 10 - Mar 23 - THE REVOLUTIONS THAT WEREN'T: ROMANIA AND BULGARIA Rothschild, Return, pp. 244-253; J. F. Brown, Surge, pp. 181-220; Legters, Eastern Europe, pp. 456-523. Week 11 - Mar 30 - THE GREAT POWERS THAT WEREN'T AND THE YUGOSLAV TANGLE Gati, Bloc, pp. 161-219 (including appendix); Fareed Zakaria, "The Reagan Strategy of Containment"(XEROX); Rothschild, Return, pp. 253-65; Brown, Surge, pp. 221-245; Legters, Eastern Europe, pp. 535-578. Week 12 - Apr 6 - THE PROBLEMS OF REBUILDING GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY Batt, East Central Europe, pp. 43-104; Brown, Surge, pp. 246-269; Legters, 419-425, 580-586, 603-605, 612-28, 635-643. Week 13 - Apr 13 - EXAMINATION ON COMMON READINGS (Bring blue book[s]!) Week 14 - Apr 20 - Major Field Achievement Test (for history majors). Week 15 - Apr 27 - CLASS MEETING: discussion of drafts of papers. Final Version of Research Paper Due - 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 1994 - (no extensions!) Course Format and Requirements The class meetings will be devoted to seminar discussions of the issues. During the semester, members of the class will be asked either individually or as a group to speak on various problems raised in the readings. Each member of the class will in the course of the semester to write ONE short paper (approx. 6 pp.) on a particular subject from the readings for a particular week, which will be due in class on the day for which the readings are assigned. One essay-type examination will be given on Wednesay, April 13, covering the readings and the lectures. The principal written assignment of the course will be an independent research paper. a) topic - Each member of the class will define a tentative topic in class. b) prospectus and working bibliography - A 1-2-page discussion of the significance, relevant sub-issues, and general research approach. c) rough draft of paper and full bibliography - due in Dr. Cohen's mail box, Main Office, no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 22 d) final version of paper - due in Dr. Cohen's mail box, Dept. of History, Tuesday, May 3 (no extensions!). The research paper will account for approximately 40% of the final course grade, 30%, the short weekly papers for approximately 20%, and class participation for interest to meet the deadlines for submitting the prospectus, rough draft, and final version. Feel free to ask questions during class, before or after class sessions. .
Senior Seminar: THE FALL OF EAST EUROPEAN COMMUNISM
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