CS: From Habsburg to Hitler: Bohemian Politics, 1848-1945

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This course explores the complex, often comic, and ultimately tragic history of Bohemia, a territory located today in the Czech Republic, but previously a part of the Habsburg Monarchy, of Czechoslovakia, and of Hitler's Third Reich. Beginning with the Revolution of 1848, students will progress through the stunning achievements and worrisome trends of Emperor-King Francis Joseph's sixty-eight-year reign, as well as through the horrors and hopes of the World Wars. Emphasis will lie on understanding nationalism - in the sense not only of understanding the stances of the two national movements, Czech and German, in Bohemia, but also of understanding how those linked movements eventually succeeded, despite modest beginnings, in dominating Bohemian politics as a whole.