NOTE: THIS CLASS HAS LIBERAL STUDIES CREDIT FOR SOME STUDENTS ONLY.
This class can be taken for Liberal Studies credit in the Understanding the Past Learning Domain in the new Liberal Studies Program. It is in the post-1800 chronological category and the European/American geographical category.
If your program requires two Domain of the Past courses, your other course must be from a different chronological category (pre-1800) and a different geographical category (Asia, Latin America, Africa, or intercontinental/comparative).
These new Liberal Studies requirements apply to all students who began attending DePaul in Autumn 1997 or later.
This course does NOT have Liberal Studies credit for either history majors or students who are subject to the old Liberal Studies requirements. Such students should consult with their academic advisors or with the instructor about how this course might fit into their program.
OFFICE: SAC 415
PHONE: 325-1568 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICE HOURS: MWF 10:45-12:00, MW 2:15-3:00; M before evening class by arrangement The instructor will gladly meet with students at other times that are mutually convenient.
COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
1). To acquaint the student with the basic facts of Eastern Europe's historical geography and its 20th-century political, social, religious, economic and cultural history
2). To expand the student's understanding of the concept of Europe.
3). To sharpen the student's ability to evaluate conflicting historical interpretations.
4). To acquaint the student with the effects of rapid social changes on traditional societies.
-Gerasimos Augustinos, The National Jdea in Eastern Europe
-R.J. Crampton, Eastern Europe in the Thventieth Century
-Mark Mazower, Inside Hitler's Greece
-Gale Stokes, The Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe
-Photocopies supplied by the instructor
All of the above books are on two-hour reserve in the LPC Library
The instructor will also distribute short supplementary required xeroxed readings during the course of the quarter. There will be a photocopying fee of $3.00 to be collected by Monday, April 5.
EXAMINATIONS AND GRADING:
The student's final grade will be determined by the number of points earned throughout the quarter. The maximum number of points that may be earned is 400. These points will be accumulated on the basis of a number of assignments as follows:
Discussion/participation 100 pts. 25% of total grade
Take Home Midterm 100 pts. 25% of total grade
Take Home Final 100 pts. 25% of total grade
Written Assignment 100 pts. 25% of total grade
TOTAL 400 pts.
The requirements for the written assignment, an analytical book review, are explained on a separate handout. Failure to conform to these standards will result in a lower grade
Please note the unevenness of the reading load. Some units have no reading assignments, while for others the assignment may be an entire book or a significant portion of a book. PLAN AHEAD.
CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE AND DISCUSSION:
There is a required attendance policy in this class. Learning requires the active engagement of the learner. Materials covered in the class will be on the examinations, and students will be responsible for that material. Discussion by all class members is also an integral part of the learning process in this class. Therefore, the instructor will circulate a sign-up sheet in every class session. Students are also expected to arrive in class on time. If rare circumstances make them late, they are not to disrupt the class with their arrival. It is the responsibility of latecomers to be sure that they sign the day's sign-up sheet. The instructor also reserves the right to count repeated lateness as absence, with attendant consequences for the grade.
If you chose not to come to class or to arrive late consistently, then you have chosen to take the consequences on your grade. Poor attendance will affect your grade in two ways:
1). If you are absent, particularly on the day of a regularly scheduled
discussion but also during lectures, you will not earn any points for discussion
or participation on that day and hence you will lower your discussion/participation
2). All students are allowed a maximum of six (6) absences with no need to submit an excuse. More than six (6) absences will result in an automatic grade of F for the course.
The instructor has the sole right to determine the validity of any excuses for absence. In general, only medical problems severe enough to require a doctor's care or genuine personal and family emergencies qualify as legitimate excuses.
NOTE WELL THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
COMPLETION OF COURSE: All written work must be completed to avoid a grade of FX.
CHEATING: Plagiarism and/or cheating on an assignment will result in a grade of F for the assignment in question. (See separate handout defining plagiarism.)
MAKE-UPS AND EXTENSIONS: No late papers or exams will be accepted, except
for the most serious of reasons. If you experience difficulties meeting
deadlines, see the instructor BEFORE the deadline to see if other arrangements
can be made. The instructor has the sole right to determine the validity
of any excuse. If in case of an emergency, a make-up examination must be
arranged, it will be administered as a timed test by the Liberal Arts &
Sciences office on the payment of their standard fee and at a day and time
set by that office.
TENTATIVE LIST OF LECTURES, DISCUSSIONS, AND READINGS
Monday, March 29
Introduction to course
Wednesday, March 31
Scheduled Discussion: Hobsbawm on nationalism
Readings: Hobsbawm photocopy (3pp)
Friday, April 2
Good Friday Holiday
Monday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 7
Eastern Europe. What's in a name? Geographic, demographic, cultural, and political background
Readings: Crampton, ix-xiv, 1-27
Augustinos, xxxvii-xlix, 1-23
Ritter photocopy, 285-299
Garton Ash photocopy (4pp)
Friday, April 9 and Monday, April 12 Balkan Origins of World War I
Wednesday, April 14 World War I in Eastern Europe
Friday, April 16 and Monday, April 19 The Versailles Settlement
Readings: Augustinos, 25-44
Wednesday, April 21
Interwar Boundaries and Eastern Europe's Diplomatic Situation
Readings: Crampton, 31-38
Augustinos photocopy, 163-166, 169-184
Friday, April 23 and Monday April 26 Interwar social and economic problems
Readings: Augustinos, 44-65
Wednesday, April 28
Due date for written notification of book to be reviewed
Wednesday, April 28
Scheduled discussion: Interwar politics
Readings: Crampton, 39-1 76 Ritter photocopy, 160-164,418-423
Distribution of midterm examination in class
Friday, April 30 Interwar Politics
Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 Origins and outbreak of World War II
Wednesday, May 5
Midterm examination due to be handed in during class on May 5
Friday, May 7 and Monday, May 10 World War II in East Europe
Readings: Crampton, 179-209
Wednesday, May 12 The Holocaust
Friday, May 14
Scheduled Discussion: Greece during World War II
Readings: Mazower, all
Monday, May 17 The establishment of postwar regimes
Readings: Crampton, 211-274 Augustinos, 67-87 Stokes photocopy, 12-42
Wednesday, May 19 and Friday, May 21 De-Stalinized Eastern Europe: To
Prague via Budapest
Readings: Crampton, 275-341 Augustinos, 87-109 Augustinos photocopy,
Monday, May 24 Postwar Social Changes
Wednesday, May 26 Analytical book review due
Wednesday, May 26 and Friday, May 28 1968-1989
Readings: Crampton, 345-389
Stokes, vii-viii, 3-130;
Augustinos photocopy, 169, 196-204
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day Holiday
Wednesday, June 2
Scheduled Discussion: The Meaning of 1989, part 1
Readings: Stokes, 131-217
Friday, June 4
Scheduled Discussion: The Meaning of 1989, part 2
Readings: Stokes, 218-260
Distribution of take-home final examination in class
Friday, June 11
Take-home final examination due to be handed in NO LATER THAN 10:00 am