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.
This course will examine the development of modern nations and states in Eastern Europe from the late medieval era to World War I. The course will stress two main themes: first, the issue of 'backwardness': why is Eastern Europe less developed than Western Europe, and in what way?
This course will lead you through the political entanglements, Great Power conflicts, social particularities and rich cultural life that worked together to transform the peoples of the Balkan peninsula from subjects of the Ottoman Empire to independent countries and participants in European affairs. During the nineteenth century the developments in this area were both dynamic and traumatic for the inhabitants of these lands and tell a different story about modern European history than that told from the French, British, or German perspectives.
This course will provide an historical overview of the lands, peoples, and states of Eastern Europe from 1815 to the present. Given the great flux in borders, sovereignties, and the ethnic profile of the region during this period, we will have to continually refine or redefine our concept of Eastern Europe, an area that roughly encompasses the band of countries stretching from today's Poland to the Balkans. In keeping with a convention that is not entirely free of political overtones, I will divide the region into two parts, East Central Europe and Southeastern Europe (the Balkans).