This course will explore the history of Eastern Europe from 1848 to the present, with special focus on the "small nations" and minorities of East Central Europe: the Czechs, Poles, Jews and Ukrainians. Particular attention will be devoted to modernization and nation-building, the social aspects of integration and disintegration, the main features of the Communist system, and the problems of post-Communist cultural and economic reconstruction. Students will be encouraged to read and think critically and to construct and defend their own arguments.
The course consists of two classes per week. Lectures will be supplemented with workshops, films, and guest lectures.