CS: East Central Europe 1914-2004

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The "lands between" – Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine – in the twentieth century, from the collapse of the old regime to the arrival of transnational politics, from the destruction of the Habsburg empire to the enlargements of the European Union. The central event is the Second World War, which brought Nazi and Soviet occupation, destroyed much of the region's diversity, and spread of communism to the west. Special attention will be paid to the weaknesses of prewar nation-states (which lasted for about one generation) and postwar communist regimes (which lasted for two). The region will be seen as a laboratory for political ideas, among them nationalism, federalism, fascism, communism, populism, and democracy, with the European Union as the latest experiment.