HIST2002SYLfall20090-1 - HISTORY 2002 Introduction to...

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HISTORY 2002 Introduction to Central and East European Studies Fall 2009 Instructor: John Hatch Hellems 211 Office: Hellems 351 Lectures: MWF 10:00-10:50 Hours: 12:00-12:45 MW, and by appt. Phone: 303-527-0207 Email: hatchj@spot.colorado.edu IMPORTANT NOTICE : History Majors may apply only ONE 2000-level course to the major and should consult their History department advisor before taking one. If you think you may want to major in History but have not declared the major yet, do not take multiple 2000-level courses. This course is an introduction to the history and culture of Central and Eastern Europe in the modern era. From Germany to the steppes of Russia; from the Baltic to the Adriatic, this region of Europe has been the crucible of Modern History. World Wars have been started and fought there; empires destroyed; ideologies created and undone, and nations, too. It is the home of Nazism and Bolshevism, the Holocaust and Stalin’s Great Purges, and to some of the greatest thinkers, writers, and artists of the modern era. More recently, it has been witness to the virulent hatreds of reborn nationalism in the Balkans and its chief product: ethnic cleansing, the reemergence of Russian Statism, and the incorporation of much of the (democratized) former Soviet Bloc into the European Union and NATO. Given the course’s scope, we will not be able to delve in great depth into any of these topics. Rather, I hope that by touching upon them you will get the flavor of the region and a sense of the larger issues involved in its history. Texts : (Available for purchase at the CU Bookstore. Copies also have been placed on 24 hr. reserve in Norlin Library): Slavenka Drakulic, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed. Lonnie R. Johnson, Central Europe. Enemies, Friends, Neighbors. Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution. Imre Kertesz, Fatelessness. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Online texts: The following texts can be found at multiple websites and in various hardcopy anthologies. You are free to use whichever translation (web or book) you prefer. The websites included below are current, but you may use another: Fyodor Dostoevsky, “A Gentle Spirit,” available online at: www.kiosek.com/dostoevsky/library/gentlespirit.txt or www.fiction.eserver.org/novels/a_gentle_spirit.html Franz Kafka, “In the Penal Colony,” available online at : www.geocities.com/univbelkafka/penalcolony.htm
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