Guntis I. Smidchens
Survey of the cultures and history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from the Viking Age to the present, with particular attention to Baltic-Scandinavian contacts. Offered: jointly with SCAND 344.
This course will survey the history of the Baltic Sea regions from the Viking Age to the present, with particular attention to the East Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). Class discussion will include critical analysis of primary documents.
Student learning goals
Learn a timeline of Baltic history from the Viking Age to present, in the broader context of North European history.
Learn source-critical methods of reading primary and secondary sources. Learn to write a source critique.
Learn how to find historical sources on the Internet, in the library, and in online scholarly indexes.
Learn how to propose a question in historical research, and how to find the sources you need to answer it.
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, student presentations about class materials
reading, participation in discussions
Class assignments and grading
Independent research 50% Class contributions 25% Final Exam 25%