How can a small nation-state survive? Why do people choose communism or fascism, and why do they then rebel? These very current questions have been central to the East European experience throughout the 20th century. This course will examine the upheavals in the region from World War I through the revolutions of 1989-90 and the Bosnian war, as a way to understanding historical processes such as revolution, nationalism, and modernization.
This seminar is designed to give you the opportunity to develop a working knowledge of the historiography of modern East Central Europe. Because we meet only a dozen times during the semester, there is a limit to what we can cover from the rich bibliography on nationalism. As a result, I have selected what amounts to a greatest hits list for us to work our way through.