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HIST 714 Central Eastern Europe (1815-1945)

This course will cover assorted topics in the modern history of Central Europe, extending from the later nineteenth century to 1970, with the possibility, of studying the late-Communist period. The area involved stretches from Poland to the Balkans, but the students will be able to concentrate on countries that are of particular interest to them, e.g. Yugoslavia or Hungary. Some themes of great importance will be treated: the failure of parliamentary Liberalism (the 1890s and 1930s), the treatment of questions of nationalism and minority rights throughout the period; the rise of left-wing and political-Catholic parties; the relationship of agriculture and economic development; and the extraordinary cultural flourishing associated with ' Vienna 1900 ' but also extending to Prague and particularly Budapest; the process of Communist take-over. With the exception of some memoirs, the existing English-language literature should be adequate for the course. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

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