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Guntis I. Smidchens
EURO 344
Seattle Campus

The Baltic States and Scandinavia

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

reading, participation in discussions

Class assignments and grading

Independent research 50% Class contributions 25% Final Exam 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Guntis I. Smidchens
Date: 02/01/2008