396/Econ. 396/Pol. Sci. 396/Slavic 396/Hist. 333/Soc. 393. Survey of Eastern Europe. (4). (SS).
The area commonly known as Eastern Europe is in the center of public attention these days, but has tended to be neglected by social scientists, and students of the humanities. It has often been treated as one of the backyards of Western history. Yet, for many centuries, the people of Eastern Europe have played important parts in the history of our civilization. Today as in many past eras, it is an area where powerful empires and competing social systems confront each other. The countries of Eastern Europe are astir with social, political, economic change and experimentation, ethnic conflict, religious and intellectual ferment. This course intends to provide a broad overview of Eastern Europe, its history, politics, economic systems, social structure, and cultural contributions. It will feature lectures by specialists from different departments within the University, and sessions for discussion to integrate the lectures and readings. The format can easily lead to lack of focus, and the different presentations inevitably will be of uneven quality. But the advantages are that the students are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives. The course is suitable for those who know little about Eastern Europe as well as for those whose background is specialized within one discipline and who wish to broaden their knowledge. Course requirements include a midterm exam, an essay, and a final examination. (Szporluk)
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