REES 405 - Topics in Russian and East European Studies
Section: 001 A History of Our Own Time
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REES)
Department: LSA II: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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As our students enter a new, potentially exciting, and unpredictable historical period and exit one that was far less hopeful and presented this young generation with seemingly insoluble problems, among the issues that they will face are the costs and benefits of economic globalization, the rise of religious conflict, the potentially waning power of the United States and the rise of China, the failure of the transitions to democracy in much of the Second World, and the tragedies of war, genocide, and poverty endemic to much of the underdeveloped world. This course will explore the roots and evolution of political philosophies and social and political formations that have established the structures and discourses in which our world operates at the present time. There will be a historical dimension to the lectures and discussions, but each topic will be brought up to the present time. Readings will be both historical and contemporary.

Among the questions we will be asking are:

  • Where did we come from?
  • Why are we so happy and in so much trouble at the same time?
  • Are there alternatives to the present, and can we learn about them from the past?

This course looks at some of the big phenomena that make up our world: capitalism, liberalism, conservatism, socialism, modernity, war, nationalism, and imperialism. Come prepared to read, listen, argue, and learn.

REES 405 - Topics in Russian and East European Studies
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001 (LEC)
4LSA Hnrs
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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