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The University of Oklahoma HIST. 3770
(Lecture course) Spring Semester 1995 Dr. Gary Cohen 314 Dale Tower Office hours: ph. 325-6352 or Thursdays, 10:30-11:50 325-6002 (sec.) Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m., e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and by appointment The following required books are available in paperback and are recommended Lucy Dawidowicz, THE WAR AGAINST THE JEWS, 1986 ed. (Bantam Books) Charles Gati, THE BLOC THAT FAILED (Indiana Univ. Press) Barbara Jelavich, HISTORY OF THE BALKANS: 20TH CENTURY (Cambridge U. P.) Joseph Rothschild, RETURN TO DIVERSITY, 2nd ed. (Oxford Univ. Press) Gale Stokes, ed., FROM STALINISM TO PLURALISM: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY (Oxford Univ. Press) Gordon Wright, THE ORDEAL OF TOTAL WAR, 1939-1945 (Harper Torchbooks) The required readings also include a group of articles, which are available from the University Book Store. All of the books and articles are also available from th University Library at the circulation desk . Topics and Assignments for Each Class Meeting Week 1 - Jan 16-20: THE LEGACY OF DEPENDENCE a) Europe's eastern borderlands: backwardness & dependence. b) The era of independence; Bennett Kovrig, The Hungarian People's Republic 1-46 (XEROX in packet, or book on reserve); B. Jelavich, Balkans, 134-171, l77-191; J. Rothschild, Return to Diversity, pp. 3-24. Week 2 - Jan 23-27: THE ADVANCE OF NAZI GERMANY a) Eastern Europe's vulnerability; Jelavich, pp. 192-209, 212-21; Wright,Ordeal, pp. 1-16. b) Nazi and Soviet interests & goals; Wright, pp. 17-65; Jelavich, pp. 221-243. Week 3 - Jan 30-Feb. 3: THE WAR-TIME ORDEAL, I a) Nazi & Soviet occupation policies: Poland and Western Russia; Rothschild, pp. 25-32; Wright, pp. 107-143; L. Dawidowicz, The War, xix-xl, chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; and appendix, pp. 394-401. b) Nazi occupation: Bohemia & Moravia; Rothschild, pp. 32-39; Wright, pp.144-166; Dawidowicz, appendix, pp. 374-77. Week 4 - Feb 6-10: THE WAR-TIME ORDEAL, II a) Hitler's conservative allies: Hungary & Slovakia; Rothschild, pp. 40-44; Kovrig, Hungarian Republic, pp. 46-50 (XEROX, or book on reserve); Dawidowicz, chapters 7-8 & appendix, pp. 377-83. b) Hitler's Balkan allies; Jelavich, pp. 247-84; Rothschild, pp. 44-75;Dawidowicz, appendix, pp. 383-93. Week 5 - Feb 13-17: THE CASUALTIES OF THE WAR a) The victims in East European society; Dawidowicz, chapters 10-14, 16. b) FIRST EXAMINATION, Thursday, February 16 (Bring blank blue book[s]!). Week 6 - Feb 20-24: PEOPLE'S DEMOCRACIES a) The conflict over the peace and the fate of Poland; Wright, pp. 189-254, 263-67; Jelavich, pp. 284-292; Stokes, From Stalinism to Pluralism, pp. 12-32. b) The Yugoslav revolution and the Balkans; Rothschild, pp. 76-78, 104-106; Jelavich, pp. 292-300; Gati, The Bloc, preface & pp. 3-18. Week 7 - Feb 27-Mar 3: THE ADVENT OF STALINISM a) The politics of coercion: Poland, Bulgaria, & Romania; Rothschild, pp. 76-89, 106-123; Jelavich, pp. 301-321; Stokes, pp. 35-42. b) The end of coalition politics in Hungary & Czechoslovakia; Rothschild, pp. 89-104; R. Lu a, "Czechoslovakia between Democracy & Communism" (XEROX in packet). Week 8 - March 6-10: THE VICTIMS OF STALINISM a) International politics, Soviet calculations, and Tito: Rothschild, pp.125-132; Jelavich, pp. 321-335; Stokes, pp. 43-65. b) Consolidation and purges; Rothschild, pp. 132-146; Gati, pp. 18-28;Jelavich 336-356; Stokes, pp. 66-77. Week 9 - March 20-24: RETREAT FROM STALINISM a) Khrushchev & the new course; Rothschild, pp. 147-149; Gati, pp. 29-35;Jelavich, pp. 356-84. b) Attempted rapprochement with Tito; Rothschild, pp. 180-190; Gati, pp.35-39; Jelavich, pp. 384-405; Stokes, pp. 94-106. Week 10 - March 27-31: INSTABILITY IN THE MID-1950s a) SECOND EXAMINATION, Tuesday, March 28 (Bring blank blue book[s]!). b) Dissent & division in Poland; Rothschild, pp. 150-153; Gati, pp. 39-43. ** Friday, March 31 is the last day to drop a course with a grade of W or F without petitioning the college dean. ** Week 11 - April 3-7: EXPLOSION AND ADJUSTMENTS AFTER 1956 a) Disintegration in Hungary; Rothschild, pp. 153-160; Stokes, pp. 81-93. b) Unity & diversity: Gomulka & Kadar; Rothschild, pp. 160-166, 173-180, 191-207; Stokes, pp. 107-114, 137-138, 144-149. Week 12 - April 10-14: ECONOMIC DILEMMAS AND DECENTRALIZATION a) Economic difficulties and centripetal forces; J. Lovenduski and J. Woodall, "TheImplementation of Economic Reform in Eastern Europe"(XEROX in packet), pp. 183-192. b) Stagnation & reform in Czechoslovakia; Rothschild, pp. 166-173; H. G. Skilling, "Czechoslovakia" (XEROX in packet); Stokes, pp. 123-130, 150-155. Week 13 - April 17-21 - THE PRAGUE SPRING AND THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF REFORM a) The Prague Spring & the Soviet response, Rothschild, pp. 207-225; Gati, pp. 43-71; Stokes, pp. 131-134. b) Poland: Solidarity and the stalemate of the 1980s; Gati, pp. 104-135;M. Malia, "Poland: The Winter War" (XEROX); Stokes, 193-215. Week 14 - April 24-28 - BREZHNEV, GORBACHEV, AND THE COLLAPSE OF EAST EUROPEAN COMMUNISM a) Immobile regimes; Gati, pp. 71-103, 136-157; Stokes, pp. 163-174, 265-67 **TAKE-HOME ESSAY ASSIGNMENT, due in class, Tuesday, April 25** b) Disintegration in Poland and Hungary; Rothschild, pp. 226-34, 238-44;Gati, pp. 161-190; Stokes, pp. 235-252. Week 15 - May 1-5 - EASTERN EUROPE'S BRAVE NEW WORLD a) East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria; Rothschild, pp. 234-38, 244-57; Gati, pp. 191-203; Stokes, pp. 253-264. b) Hopes, fears, and the Yugoslav tragedy; Rothschild, pp. 257-65; Stokes,pp. 224-34. THIRD/FINAL EXAMINATION, Monday, May 8, 1995; 8:30-10:00 a.m. Bring blue book(s)!
FROM HITLER TO GORBACHEV: EASTERN EUROPE SINCE 1938
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